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21 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201-4813
(573) 443-7400
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Jonesborough, Tennessee, United States
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After overeating at Shotgun Pete's Barbecue right up the street, we waddled down to Sparky's to fill what my stepdaughter refers to as her "dessert pocket." No matter how full she is, she says, there's always room for dessert--especially ice cream. The proprietor of Shotgun Pete's suggested Sparky's, and we took his advice. Sparky's is a quirky shop, with lots... More 

Thank Katie H
Mc Calla, Alabama
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182 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

My husband and I recently visited on an overnight stay. When we arrived, there was a long line of customers. However, the line went quickly. It gave us time to decide what flavor of ice cream we wanted since this was our first visit. Something was wrong with their freezers and the ice cream was beginning to melt. However, it... More 

Thank Fiery2015
Harrodsburg, Kentucky
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

This was the first time I had been here and the ice cream was amazing and the service was great. I'll definitely be back again for more!

Thank krickette13
Saint Louis, Missouri
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Stopped in by a recommendation of a local at dinner. We were in town for a teaching conference and not familiar with downtown Columbia. My eyes immediately went to the White Russian ice cream. It was amazing! Unfortunately the girl behind the counter couldn't serve it because she wasn't 21 so I had to opt for a different flavor. I... More 

Thank Dawn G
Mead, Colorado
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Our tour guide at Stephens College recommended Sparky's to us for ice cream. We went in after dinner on a Monday night. We had to wait for a few other customers, but the line moved pretty quickly. There was a big rush after us, suggesting, at times you could have to wait awhile. The ice cream was really good and... More 

Thank Denise B
Columbia, MO
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Sparky's is a locally owned ice cream parlor. The ice creams are all delicious, both standard flavored like cookies and cream and unique flavored that change often. For those over 21, there are several liquor flavored choices as well. The decor is unique, with the walls covered in "amateur art", if that's what to call it. Seating is very limited,... More 

Thank lac_11
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

We were from out of town and wanted some ice cream and found this highly recommended on trip advisor. It definitely lived up to its stellar reviews! Highly recommend the Oreo Speedwagon ice cream... It was amazing! If you are in town and are crazing ice cream please check it out!

Thank Amy W
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

My daughter LOVES ice cream from Sparky's. I am dairy free, and I was pleased to find out they offer vegan ice cream options that are extremely good as well!

Thank TJL0904
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Great ice cream and fun decor. Awesome fun flavors! Interesting pieces of art. Check out the "pints" for sale ;-) staff was friendly. Nice area to walk around.

Thank Rebecca C
Columbia, Missouri
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

We love taking our children here. There are so many different flavors and they always seem to have something new and creative. And the prices are better than Coldstone and the chains. My gripe is this: I was here last night with my children and Sparky's was blasting rap music that kept repeating the "n" word and the "f" word.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201-4813
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: (573) 443-7400

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