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Mc Connells Ice Cream

201 W Mission St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 569-2323
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Ranked #16 of 441 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Dessert
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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104 reviews 104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is the way ice cream should be, creamy, no air added. Large selection of favors. Great waffle cones. Reasonable prices. Two locations. Friendly service.

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So Cal
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220 reviews 220 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

While eating ice cream isn't mind blowing anymore, a good chocolate ice cream is always good to have once in awhile....McConnell's gives you so many choices its hard to decide. I went with the Dark Chocolate Paso Brittle, and it was delicious, since I love anything chocolate. I'm sure I could say the same for the other flavors, but I... More

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San Diego
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We were wandering down State street when we spotted the McConnells ice cream shop. It was warm and a perfect night for ice cream. Luckily for us, they offer a flight, which is a scoop of up to three choices - perfect amount after you just ate dinner :) We tried the lemon and marionberries - sweet cream, peppermint stick,... More

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Puyallup, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The line was out the door and for a good reason. They get people through there really fast but don't rush you when deciding on your flavors. The ice cream was really fresh, great taste and the scoops were huge. I ordered a double scoop and had trouble getting it all down. Great variety of flavors and great variety of... More

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Calgary, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Really enjoyed the ice-cream but servings a bit too large and couldn't finish. Loved sarcastic humour of server (owner?). Very busy but line moves quickly. A bit out of the way - not near beach or busy part of state street - didn't go to any other spots for ice cream so not sure if worth drive?

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Sonoma, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is not your average ice cream shop. Expect to have to wait in line, but so worth it! Very unusual concoctions - you have to check it out to believe it. They do let you taste, so if you're not sure about garlic or olive oil ice cream, i's okay to be adventurous without committing.

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I wanted to try more than one flavor but don't want 2-3 whole scoops of ice cream. So very happy McConnells had the flight options: 3 small scoops! The Salted Caramel Chip...amazing. Also had the Oaxacan Chocolate and English Toffee. All three were creamy, fresh, and a perfect topper to a beautiful summer evening out. A must try if you... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This particular location of McConnels is so good! The ice cream and the frozen yogurt are spectacular and everyone should run right out and try it all!

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Very tasty ice cream. Lots of good favors. Eating area outside was a bit cramped, but enough for an ice cream parlor. For an ice cream place with such a reputation, I would have liked to have seen a organic option or two. Prices were regular as ice cream places go.

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UK
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82 reviews 82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We discovered, this iced cream in a shop in Cambria, what a joy to find the source!! We visited the State street parlour, what a joy, we tried a different combination each visit and had a new favourite each time. We had no puddings in restaurants, we saved ourselves for a treat from here. The flavours are to die for,... More

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