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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Ice cream
Counter service

Wed, Thu, Sun noon–9:00pm
Fri–Sat noon–10:00pm

Features Kid-friendly, outdoor dining, veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC


Alexandria, VA
2310 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA
(703) 683-7767
The Dairy Godmother
Delicious frozen treats in a cozy neighborhood kind of place

Do you have fond childhood memories of eating frozen custard on the Atlantic City boardwalk? Or of a Midwestern grandmother who served up the treat by the pint? Well, even if you don’t (and far be it from us to judge the wisdom of bringing a child to Atlantic City, even for the alleged frozen custard), you can experience the delicacy in all its glory at The Dairy Godmother, a frozen custard (not ice cream!) shop in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

Just as Custard puts to shame its thinner cousin Cream, the frozen version of the former renders ice cream reminiscent of chilled water. The Dairy Godmother, a Wisconsin-style custard shop formerly known as The Dreamery, keeps it simple with only three flavors on any given day: vanilla, chocolate, and the current special. Don’t want to miss the tiramisù version? The shop prints up a calendar (now available online as well) revealing its “flavor forecast” for the month, with varieties ranging from butter pecan to raspberry to thin mint cookie to Mozambique.

In addition to scoops and cones, The Dairy Godmother bakes and sells cookies (ginger, chocolate chip, sugar), which are also sold sandwiched around a hunk of custard for an exquisite treat. There is also a fair selection of homemade sorbets, with piquing flavors such as Lemon Ginger, Santa Rosa Plum, and Red Zinger Tea. And in dog-friendly Del Ray, the Godmother would be remiss not to stock a set of canine treats, apt to make any custard-loving dog owner cringe: “made primarily from spent barley malt.” Why not buy the pooch custard instead?

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