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Nelson's Drive Inn Dairy Store

920 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-5634
(651) 439-3598
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Ranked #11 of 85 Restaurants in Stillwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Most recent review
- Aug 22, 2014
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I just don't see what's so good about it. The ice cream just tast like kemps ice cream (which you can get at the store) it's too large and the tables are always sticky! If you want to go for good Ice cream (just go to Dairy Queen)

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I ordered a "child's cone with a single scoop" (my exact order) and got a full size cone with three huge scoops of ice cream. I hate to think what an adult's triple scoop would look like, let alone how you'd get it out the door. Good ice cream, though--what I was able to eat of it. As another reviewer... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I honestly don't care for anything sweet but when I have a craving for sweets, I definitely hit up Nelson's Ice-cream! I live in the area so I always have to save my left overs because I can never eat all of it in one standing. I recommend getting the smaller kids size. It is worth waiting in line for... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Went there on a Sunday afternoon, line was very long. Portions are large, but do you really need that much ice cream? The biggest issue I had is that they serve Kemp's ice cream. This is good, but really to wait that long in line, I could have gone to the grocery store and bought a couple of containers of... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I was not a fan of Nelson's Drive Inn Dairy Store. The portions were way too big, I would rather pay less and get a reasonable portion size! The second thing that I didn't like was they are serving Kemp's ice cream which you can buy in any grocery store in Minnesota! Give me Izzy's or Sebastian Joe's any day... More

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I got a child size single scoop and could not finish it. Seriously, share with someone because it is a lot of ice cream. The ice cream is very tasty. The line can be long, but moves quickly. Would definitely recommend.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I have fond memories of Nelson's Ice Cream from my childhood. Now, anytime I bring my kids back to the area for a visit, we make a stop at Nelson's. They always ask when we are going back. Yes, the portions are HUGE (get a child size- unless you were stood up on your 18th birthday, then take your girlfriends... More

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

If you're visiting Stillwater, or just anywhere in the east metro, you really have to stop by for a treat! The ice cream choices are wonderful, you'll be in the longest ice cream line of your life if you come anytime between 6pm and closing, but you'll stare at the list of ice cream imagining how much you'll like any... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've been coming to Nelson's (Brown's) since I was born. The portions are huge and the prices can't be beat. Be warned... I'm convinced that the "childs" size is so named because it's the size of a baby's head. So amazing, I love this place!

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Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Nelson's is always worth the visit when in Stillwater. Yes, if you go after dinner, there are times the line is somewhat daunting stretching out of the building and down the sidewalk. But it's worth the wait - or worth stopping in during the mid-afternoon when the crowds are often a bit less. The ice cream is first rate, the... More

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