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451 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
go for the custard

The mid-west style custard is really worth eating. My children give the ice cream there a thumbs up. Sometimes the floors are sticky and it can smell a bit like sticky ice cream shop but I guess that isn't surprising.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Kat M
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were given a gift certificate to the chilly cow and being loyal to the many other great ice cream brands in the area have never visited. We were wrong not to go sooner! The chilly cow focuses on custard-based ice cream's which are better known as gelato. The salted caramel was divine as well as the blueberry ice cream... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The mid-west style custard is really worth eating. My children give the ice cream there a thumbs up. Sometimes the floors are sticky and it can smell a bit like sticky ice cream shop but I guess that isn't surprising.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great local-made ice cream place. Family favorite, the place to go when you need your ice cream for the day. Plenty of unique flavors available to please most anyone. Recently they have branched out to hot dogs and other comfort food, but this is basically an ice cream parlor at its best.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We took our 3 year old granddaughters there. They had grilled cheese sandwiches and hot dogs for $1.00 each; both were good. I had an excellent lobster roll for $6.99, on the small size but yummy! They had fresh blueberry ice cream which was amazing! The vanilla was excellent. All in all a great place for kids and adults.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is an excellent ice cream go-to place. I recommend it to all my friends. They are fast and friendly and serve a great product. It has the hometown feel and good service. Good portions too. Always clean and the only downside if there was one is you may have to get creative about parking. There IS a lot in... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

They have a wonderful selection of ice cream and friendly staff, but they are a little pricey. Very kid friendly!

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I enjoyed the ice cream, which you order at the counter. When I asked a counter person, I was told the ice cream was homemade. They had some interesting concoctions like Tornado ice cream, which contains a variety of ingredients mixed in (Heath Bar, etc.).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

this little ice cream shop has delicious flavor choices. It is a raspberry lovers dream, at least in July when the fruit is in season. There was chocolate raspberry, razzle dazzle and plain raspberry. there was ice cream, custard and frozen yogurt. It has seating inside but is especially fun to grab a cone and walk in Arlington and window... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I purchased an ice cream cake from them in November. The cake was delicious and loved by everyone. My only disappointment with the experience was the staff when I ordered it. Online they show several different types of cakes that can be made in addition to the standard ice cream cake. When I asked about them the girl seemed a... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Only real option in Arlington. Good in the summer if you're nearby, but not as good as some in lexington.

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Additional Information about The Chilly Cow

Address: 451 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Address: 451 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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