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“The ice cream, nothing special, unfortunately.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of More Than Just Ice Cream

More Than Just Ice Cream
1119 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5519 (City Center East)
215-574-0586
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Ranked #526 of 3,779 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Dessert
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: City Center East
Glendale, CO
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61 reviews 61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“The ice cream, nothing special, unfortunately.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

With all the competition in the ice cream market, including the super market big guys (Ben and Jerry's), small independent shops need to crank it up to compete. In fact, I would bet it is made off site and by some mega manufacture, which can also be ok. Unfortunately this makes for 'ok' ice cream which, while it is good, it is not great. Yes, the baked goods, specifically the pies, looked delicious. I didn't try the sandwiches or anything else. I think if you have the words "Ice Cream" in the name of your restaurant, it should be great ice cream.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Yummy end to a perfect day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Came to the city to see Wicked, had a good meal near the theater but we all wanted alitle treat before heading home. A cousin had recommend this place ,he was wise. The Richmond ice cream was rich and creamy and lost of choices. I had the caramel sundae with white chocolate,it was just sweet enough. Nice selection of other treats too!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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79 reviews 79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Artificial flavors?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Stopped by for ice cream only because I read somewhere that theirs was extra delicious due to having 16% butterfat. The banana ice cream tasted like artificial banana. Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey is my favorite ice cream and this wasn't even in the ballpark. The "Gayborhood" is fun & quirky and their decor fits.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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DC Area
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“Great way to end our first night in Philadelphia...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

As a previous review mentioned about "earning it", that is how we felt in stumbling across MTJI in spending the day walking 6 miles in the city (Memorial Day Sunday) seeing the sights and enjoying Jim's Steaks earlier that evening with my fiancé.

We decided to have a bit of desert before taking a stroll back to our hotel. I love coconut ice cream, and was not disappointed with theirs. The MTJI coconut ice cream was more natural in coconut flavor than some others that I have had in the past. The others can sometimes take on the sweetness of coconut filling in candies - which is OK by me. Just that this was more like eating fresh coconut. The fiancé had the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie - and he said it was very rich and creamy. Putting it as one of the best he has had. The portions for both of us were very decent for the price. Memorial Day Weekend was a cool one, but that did not dampen enjoying our well deserved desert on the sidewalk tables.

Shame that on Memorial Day Monday that they would not open till 11AM. We would have loved to had tried having breakfast there.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“A Philadelphia institution !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

More Than Just Ice Cream (MTJI) has been a local favorite for 25+ years. As the name implies the front of the restaurant is an old fashioned ice cream parlor-style section where one can choose from many ice cream flavored and delicious home baked treats. The huge portion of tasty apple pie with ice cream is a favorite to eat in or take out.
The dining area has a casual atmosphere with a varied menu BYOB is also an option. There are even tables outside where I recently enjoyed a wonderful Greek salad. Note: My dog was treated to a bowl of fresh water during my lunch at an outside tables!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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