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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped at a visitors' center on the border of IN and OH. The nice lady there, when asked about a recommendation for a cool spot to eat, said well there's Tom's but it's a bit of a drive. (3 hours in fact.) Make the drive!...Stepping into Tom's Ice Cream Bowl is like stepping back in time. The old fashioned building, complete with original furnishings from the 1940's, is an absolutely feel good kinda place. The ice cream is home made. And served in bowls -- hence the name. Numerous flavors to choose from, all delicious! Be sure and get some of the chocolates on your way out. (You buy those by the pound) I was in twice. The first time for ice cream and chocolates. The second, to have a quick breakfast before I bought MORE ice cream and chocolates to bring home. Yes the place is crazy busy. Worth the wait.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed August 26, 2022

Small, old time place but had a good selection of ice cream as well as other food. Got a couple of cones and sat outside.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

We went very far out of our way to go to Tom's. My husband will do that for good food and icecream. I ordered a small burger and it took 45 minutes to come and was overcooked and nothing special. The icecream was ok but...when you have had the best in Ohio (Handel's) you have big shoes to fill. Service was poor at best.. waitresses standing around talking during a full house. A party of 13 came to the patio and the fry cook couldn't figure out how to cook everyone's order. I'm really getting tired of being told about understaffed restaurants. They told us there was only one cook but you could see into the kitchen and there were two. You could also tell there were no hairnets on anyone! Not friendly, not good, not going back!!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 7, 2022 via mobile

We visited Toms, as it’s a recommended stop when in Zanesville by many people. It was very crowded and looks like an old fashioned diner inside. It’s very simple and quaint. Many people had hamburgers and fries, they looked good. We had ice cream and...ate outside where there are lots of tables. The ice cream choices are really tempting. My ice cream was very rich and had a homemade taste. I had English Toffee flavor. There is a case of candy as well, for sale. I would definitely recommend a stop at Toms if you are in the area!!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 2, 2022 via mobile

Boy is this the best Ice-cream shop. We come here everytime we are near Zanesville. They make huge sundaes. I love it. The staff is always nice and the prices are reasonable.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 31, 2022

Traveling through the area on the way home from vacation, and had seen Tom's on the "Ohio Ice Cream Trail" list. Not far off the interstate, thought it would be a nice break from the road, and why not for good ice cream. Tom's does...serve food, and has chocolates/nuts also, but we were just there for ice cream, and were not disappointed. They have a list of year-round flavors, plus special summer flavors. We had four different of the specials and not one was disappointed. Reasonable price, great service, friendly staff, not a large dining area, but they do have outside seating.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 30, 2022

I was visiting a friend in Zanesville and he took me to Tom's for a light dinner before I headed back to Delaware, Ohio. The menu description of the Ribeye sandwich sounded enticing and I figured it would be better than a burger. Unfortunately the...sandwich was terrible. The meat was very tough and filled with gristle. I gave up less than halfway into this sandwich and gave the rest to my friend who wanted to take it home to feed the dogs. Based on this sandwich alone I rate the place as terrible. Also extremely noisy - terrible acoustics - too loud to talk to the person seated next to me. Basically an unpleasant experience and I see no reason to return.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 3, 2022 via mobile

Quaint, clean 1950's style ice cream shop with enormously portioned servings of delicious ice cream and toppings. The prices are very reasonable and there's a candy counter featuring home made style chocolates and roasted nuts.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed September 30, 2021 via mobile

Ya gotta go here at least once in your life! Great charm with sandwiches ice cream and nuts! Employees dress as of in the 60s and they even have tables that still wobble because the legs aren’t even!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 1, 2021 via mobile

We went out of our way to stop by Tom’s for chili and ice cream. We had the chili last December and it was delicious. We ordered 2 bowls of chili to go. When we got to our destination to eat it, one bowl was...3/4 full and other 1/2 full. Both were mainly just chunks of tomatoes. The 1/2 bowl honestly had 2 bites of hamburger and 3 kidney beans. The other bowl was mainly tomatoes also!! We paid $4 plus per bowl. 🙁. Then the review of the maple nut ice cream, yuck! Very dry and grainy!! It tasted old.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 24, 2021

We went to Tom’s for lunch while in the area. Spent a good deal of money for lunch, ice cream, candy, and nuts. We ordered the fried bologna sandwich and it was NOT a good thing. It was full of gristle and I could not...eat it. Purchased a pound and a quarter of candy that I picked out myself. Most of what I picked was NOT what was put in the bag. NOT. a good experience at all. Do away with that bologna!!!!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 19, 2021

Been going to Toms since 1957. Any time we pass through Z town we gota stop. The place hasn’t changed in 70 years. Excellent icecream, fresh nuts and candy. Takes me back to my childhood. Treat yourself

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2021

Loved the place. Somewhat limited parking. Ice Cream was SOOOOOOO worth it tho! Staff worked hard as the place was jumping.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 24, 2021

We stopped on a trip and had lunch and amazing black raspberry ice cream. There is outdoor seating with tables and umbrellas. The chicken finger sandwich was not greasy and the homemade mayo was very good.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 9, 2021

Food quality is extremely poor here and obviously by the lowest bidding supplier. Portion sizes are super small. Nothing creative on the menu and little to nothing is made in house including the ice cream, chocolates and soup (canned). Only thing drawing people to this...place is the age and history. They often host political campaign events, another reason to avoid.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Tom's Ice Cream Bowl is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4