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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 #4 of 86 restaurants in Stillwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Most recent review
- Jun 25, 2014
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English first
Minnesota
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77 reviews 77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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3 restaurant reviews
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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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28 restaurant reviews
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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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Elk River, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I heard about this place from friends and stopped by one warm afternoon. this place has a huge variety of ice cream flavors and they do let you mix and match. I got a kids cone with 2 flavors. Please believe me when I tell you this is enough ice cream for 2 or 3 adults! I am a big... More

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Savage, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

My family and I have been going to Nelsons for nearly 30 years. We stopped there today (on the way back to Minneapolis from Taylors Falls) and the ice cream portions seem to have gotten larger this year. A "child's" portion is around $3.50 and it has 6 scoops of ice cream on the cone or in the cup. And,... More

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44 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

A little place that I passed multiple times, but everyone told me about. 42 flavors of homemade ice cream to chose from. The portions are HUGE!!! A child's size is ample for two people and the price is to die for. The chocolate peanut swirl is our favorite.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

The portions and prices are UNREAL! A child size is like a larger in most other places. The ice cream flavors are outstanding. The only place to sit is outside so be prepared to eat very quickly if it's remotely hot out! Highly recommended!

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Senior Contributor
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22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

You might be taken back by the prices on the board but don't worry, the value may be the best you will find anywhere. A child's cone is more then enough for a full grown adult. I am not sure how anyone can eat a larger cone. The ice cream is excellent. Lots of flavors. Highly recommend the French Silk... More

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