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Gene's Drive In

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1019 S Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 829-6022
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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place for a family night out for ice cream and summer treats. The choice of four flavors and two combinations of swirl for custard make for lots of choices. We enjoyed the benches around the building to sit and enjoy the ice cream. It is nice to have the choice of drive in or walk up.

Thank ColoradoJojo
Bloomington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

I've always gone to Gene's. Since I was a child my parents brought me here and it's always a fun experience. Old school drive thru service, people walk out and take your order. Get the avalanche with any ice cream flavor (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon) and candy/toppings you want. It's like a blizzard but better!

Thank Kelsey V
Bloomington, Illinois, United States
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Their ice cream is to die for! It is the creamiest and smoothest ice cream I have ever had. I would drive a few hours to get a taste.

Thank Annette T
frankfort, il
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

My husband and I had some time to waste so we stopped at Gene's for the first time and we both had the soft serve. I had chocolate and he had vanilla and chocolate twist. We both enjoyed them.

Thank iluvshoes2
Bloomington, Illinois
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

Gene's is amazing ice cream!!! It is also a town classic! I have been going here since before I can remember and it has never been bad. I always end up getting a vanilla cone because they have the smoothest vanilla I have ever had!!!

Thank AudMercer5711
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I understand that Gene's is a tradition here. I understand that it has a drive-up where people actually provide the service of coming to your car. I even understand that their portions are on the larger side, and their menu is that of a traditional ice cream/drive-in restaurant. What I can't figure out is the current rave reviews for ice... More 

Thank FirenzeDoc
Bloomington, Illinois
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106 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Summer only (but we wish it was all year). Drive-up window. They have great prices on the most deliciously huge ice cream cones! Old-fashioned twist ice cream & their corn dogs & hot dogs are great, too! Don't know where that picture came from...they don't have an inside place to sit and I don't think they sell anything that looks... More 

Thank Jackie G
Bloomington, Illinois
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97 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

I like Gene's. I like that you can drive up and a teenage kid comes out to take your order and then delivers your ice cream back to you in line. It's fun, it's cheap and kiddie cones have candy eyeballs on them.

Thank Athena_John
Bloomington, Illinois
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130 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

Great place to get ice cream in the Summer. Nothing fancy. But worth going to.

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Restaurant Details

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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1019 S Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: (309) 829-6022

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