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“Some of the best ice cream I've ever eaten!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Babcock Hall Dairy Store

Babcock Hall Dairy Store
1605 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53703
608-262-3045
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Ranked #1 of 776 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sandwiches, Dessert
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Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea
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.
Galesburg, IL.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Some of the best ice cream I've ever eaten!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

This place is a definate stop if you are in Madison. My wife and I have had ice cream at a lot of places, however, none of them were any better than Babcock Hall Dairy Store. If you like ice cream give it a try! Price is very reasonable too.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, WI
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A couple dozen flavors and a kid's delight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I took my kids here for an afternoon snack, and this place is everything an ice cream store should be. For less than $2, you can get a 3 oz cone (a good sized scoop, but considered a "mini" size) in a wafer, waffle, or sugar cone, and choose from around 30 flavors. They also have other eats, including cheese you can take home. If you follow the cow prints, you can go up to the observation area, and see where the milk is processed: pastuerization, homogination, bottling, ice cream making and cheese making areas. Definitely worth the trip; only negative is parking in the campus area.

Visited October 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best ice cream on the planet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

The historically gigantic scoops of ice cream dished up at the the Babcock Dairy Store are so large that they finally had to offer a small option. Some people say the best flavors at Babcock have long names like Orange Custard Chocolate Chip, Union Utopia, or Berry Alvarez. Check often for special flavors and pressure the staff to have them returned if you find one you like. Lobby for In the Dark, a chocolate delight served during Film Week or Sunflower Seed served late summer.

Visited September 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Ice cream of the gods”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

Babcock is the UW's own dairy store. They make the best ice cream around with a wide variety of flavored which are switched on a semi-regular basis. It's the best cure for a warm day and an empty stomach!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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westport
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“A treat for the senses”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

What fun to see a full production facility - part of the food science lab - and then enjoy the fruits of that facility. And it happens to be some of the best ice cream around. It was great in the old days when the cows were also onsite, but you know they are still close by.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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