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Babcock Hall Dairy Store

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1605 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53703
608-262-3045
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
Description: One of the biggest names in modern Dairy (Babcock) combined with Ice Cream...
One of the biggest names in modern Dairy (Babcock) combined with Ice Cream (which I, ice cream expert, rank as a five). This needs adding.
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  • 4
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Ice Cream

A must stop for a generous cone & some cheese to take home. A great flavor is Bo's Express......vanilla with raspberry swirls & chocolate pieces. The dill cheese is the greatest.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Lynne545
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Wisconsin
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A must stop for a generous cone & some cheese to take home. A great flavor is Bo's Express......vanilla with raspberry swirls & chocolate pieces. The dill cheese is the greatest.

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Thank Lynne545
Madison, Wisconsin
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This small restaurant / store is in Babcock Hall. The Food and Dairy building of the University of Wisconsin. The University operates a dairy plant that produces cheese, fantastic ice cream and fluid milk for use on campus. Cheese and ice cream can be purchased in this store to carry out. A limited breakfast menu of breakfast burritos, sandwiches, assorted... More 

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Thank mzungu333
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It is pretty hard to find good ice cream in Wisconsin. Especially since this is the land of custard. Babcock Ice Cream lives up to battle custard and does a pretty good job. Try it!

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Thank Matthew M
Waunakee, WI
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The best ice cream and lots of flavors WITH the ability to see how it's made! Also some deli sandwiches and cheese.

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Thank MikeRipp
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Babcock Hall Dairy Store serves food, but you come for the ice cream. The store is tucked into the Dairy Science building. You can find it by following the steady stream of people. The super premium ice cream is delicious and reasonably priced. The servings are large. There are usually about a dozen flavors.

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Thank Christopher L
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

University students creating crazy flavors and a world class dairy school...what can be better! A must stop on any trip to Madison and the University of Wisconsin!

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Thank Carla A
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Madison is not complete without ice cream directly from UW Madison Babcock Dairy Store. Yummy, yummy,yummy- everyone will agree when they find their favorite flavor. Pssst....all ice cream is 50% off for the month of February with a bonus extra day for 2016 leap year.

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Thank Toi P
Lake Mills, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love the ice cream and UW/Wisconsin flavored. Parking nearby can be a challenge, especially with nearby construction. Have never tried any other items, as huge cones are more than enough.

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Thank Terry G
Milwaukee
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun little spot to stop for some ice cream or custard. Huge servings and very reasonable price. May need to circle around for parking but will eventually find a spot. Certain times you are able to view where the ice cream is made.

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Thank Car7177
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We were at a hospital in downtown Madison and decided we needed to get out and explore some for lunch. We headed to the Dairy Store for lunch. We were lucky to get the parking on the street--for 20 minutes....and went over our time. The food was good (sandwiches, nachos, and ice cream). However, the lines to order and then... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1605 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53703
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-262-3045

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

One of the biggest names in modern Dairy (Babcock) combined with Ice Cream (which I, ice cream expert, rank as a five). This needs adding.
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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