Best Little Rock Ice Cream Shops and Dairy Bars

Who among us doesn't love ice cream? It's almost the perfect summer treat. Cool, sweet and creamy, it tingles your mouth and gives you a brain freeze that brings you back to your childhood. I prefer to enjoy ice cream year-round. It's a little reminder that winter will be over and summer will come again. Here are some of the best places to enjoy ice cream in Little Rock.

Loblolly Creamery

Though Loblolly products show up at restaurants around the city, their main location is in the Green Corner Store.  Loblolly Creamery makes small-batch ice cream, and they serve it at an old-fashioned soda fountain.  Milkshakes, ice cream treats and old soda fountain favorites can be found here.  The Green Corner Store Soda Fountain is located at 1423 South Main St.

The Purple Cow

When people talk about The Purple Cow, it's not the burgers and fries or soups and salads they mention, even though those are great too. People talk about the monster milkshakes. Try the purple vanilla or my personal favorite, the peanut butter. The Purple Cow is pricey for an everyday ice cream treat but it's a nice sit-down restaurant with something for kids. Two locations: 8026 Cantrell Road & 11602 Chenal Parkway. 221-3555/224-443

Scoop Dog

Scoop Dog has hot dogs and frozen custard, who could ask for anything more?  Fun dog theme with lots of interesting hot dogs. Located in North Little Rock, 5508 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. 501-753-5407. 


Shake's doesn't have ice cream. They have frozen custard. If you've never tried frozen custard, you're in for a treat. From the first bite, you know you're not eating ice cream. It's much smoother and creamier. It tastes like you're eating silk. Don't be fooled though, a cup of Shake's is just as calorie-laden as a cup of any ice cream you can find. It's hard to say which is better, ice cream or custard. I say try them both! Located at 12011 Westhaven Dr, close to Chenal Parkway. 501-224-0150

Dreamy Spoon Frozen Yogurt

The Dreamy Spoon self-serve frozen yogurt is located in Maumelle, but it's worth the drive. This is a locally owned spot with fun flavors you won't find at the chains plus a great atmosphere. They use fresh fruit toppings and try to use organic whenever possible. Located on 115 Audubon Dr. #1 in Maumelle, 501-851-2448.

ZaZa Fine Salad and Wood-Oven Pizza Co

ZaZa's is a restaurant, but they have fresh gelato. The gelato is a reason to visit by itself. Located at 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. (behind the Heights Theater), 501-661-9292.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

This is the best self-serve frozen yogurt place in Little Rock.  Kids and adults can mix and match flavors, toppings and sauces to make a unique yogurt creation.  Located in the Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, 11525 Cantrell Rd, 501-227-4522.

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Bruster's is a national chain. Their options include fun sundaes, waffles cones, cakes and pies, shakes and smoothies.  They also have hot dogs.  14710 Cantrell Road, 501-868-9522.

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  • Old-timers in my hometown of Little Rock may recall Swift’s popular Dipper Dan’s ice cream parlor which operated late 1960s in 2900 block of Kavanaugh Blvd. near Leo’s. Later became site of the Arkansas Philharmonic Theatre which then became the Arkansas Rep at 601 Main!

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