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The Dairy Godmother

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2310 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1328
703 683-7767
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Read a lot about their custard. I didn't know this type of ice cream. It was oke, but didn't found it really special, in the Netherland we have better I think.

Thank sjoerd1965
Chapel Hill, NC
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146 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow! One of the best custards I have had in a very, very long time. Vanilla, Chocolate and a Flavor of the Day are you options. Hazelnut cookies were also excellent. Love the local flare and the generous portions! We went 3 times in 24 hours, just well, because we could :-)

Thank Jen J
Washington State
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Busy local frozen custard hotspot. Benches outside with lots of people. Worth the wait in line. We had blueberry cobbler and vanilla custard. Outstanding.

Thank sunsailer
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75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

You can tell this place is fashionable and good from the queue for service. The three of us had each of the different flavours and the almond one was definitely the best. I thought the prices were a bit steep for what is essentially an ice cream, but I guess they can do that because it's fashionable, even Mr President,... More 

Thank Erma_Passenga
Fairfax County, Virginia
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Dairy godmother has some good custard. Unfortunately, they only carry 3 flavors. Chocolate, Vanilla, and the flavor of the day. They also have a few flavors of sorbet, but I prefer milk based ice cream.

Thank Stwar
United States
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Can't believe I've gone all these years never having frozen custard! The chocolate was to die for. Now that I know this place there I will expand my horizons and try a milkshake or adding some extras to my custard scoop! One scoop was enough for my husband and I! The inside has limited seating but there is additional seating... More 

Thank 2Ready2Retire
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I've been to Dairy Godmother numerous times, usually post-dinner at one of their neighbors in Del Ray. It's always crowded, it's always good. The only criticism I have is that I wish they offered more flavors at any given time—but what they do have is always pretty delicious, and there are also cookies, usually a cobbler of some sort, and... More 

Thank ChrisEinDC
Alexandria, Virginia
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115 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

The custard / ice cream cobbler is very different - not as good! But the bakery part ( macaroons, cookies, etc...) is much better! Go figure!! I will come back for bakery portion BUT not ice cream!!

Thank Lmd613
Alexandria, Virginia
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105 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

The Dairy Godmother is a super favorite and we go here as often as we can. The ice cream is soft serve made there as are the treats, sobers and daily special deserts. No "real food" but he perfect sport after a meal to get a cone or Sunday and sit outside and watch the neighbors stroll by.

Thank krewerka
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Fun bare bones place. Apparently custard has more egg yolk than ice cream? The prices were great and the line moved quickly. Homemade cookies for less than $2.00 and a sundae for less than $5.00.

Thank hungryhokie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2310 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1328
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: 703 683-7767

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?