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The Dairy Godmother

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Del Ray, Alexandria
  • Matt D.
    "Door Coutu Sour with vanilla custard"(5 Tips)
    "The best frozen custard EVER!"(4 Tips)
    Rachel S.
    "Grab a treat and bring your dog along for a tasty puppy pop!"(3 Tips)
    Marta Lynne S.
    "The cobbler of the day is ALWAYS AMAZING!"(6 Tips)
63 Tips and reviews
  • ice cream
  • sorbet
  • puppy pops
  • family-friendly
  • casual
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  • HardLickHer
    HardLickHerApril 17, 2013
    Great custard! I usually get it over the cobbler of the day. They also make a very good turtle and have frozen treats for your dog. Bonus: You may get a sighting from the 1st Family! Read more
  • Linda F.
    Linda FJune 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Treat of the day is the way to go! Also love salted caramel, summer pudding, Florida lime pie, khulfi....oh screw it, every flavor is fantastic ;) and be sure to try the pops, too!
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthJuly 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Frozen custard is their specialty. Get it in a dish, in a cone, or in a tasty cherry sundae.
  • Steve D.
    Steve DahlgrenJuly 24, 2015
    Everything is good. The custard, the sorbet, the fruit cobblers, the cookies and pastries and brownies. You cannot make a bad choice.
  • Sashie M.
    Sashie MiMay 28, 2012
    If its your first-time, you can't go wrong with the vanilla custard and show up at 5 mins to closing to skip the awfully long line!!!
  • Rafael G.
    Rafael GonzaqueApril 12, 2015
    I originally didn't get the hype, but afterwards ... I can confirm this place is the truth! Don't wait until closing; you may miss out on your favorite flavor.
  • Rose T.
    Rose TuteraAugust 1, 2013
    It turns out custard is the perfect combination of soft serve and regular ice cream. Flavor options include chocolate, vanilla and the flavor of the day (if you're feeling adventurous).
  • Mark T.
    Mark TegethoffAugust 7, 2014
    I highly recommend the root beer custard float, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
  • Nick S.
    Nick SweetmanApril 16, 2016
    Best rated place in the Virginia area for a reason! Best sorbet, sundaes, floats, and ice cream.
  • Rachel S.
    Ever since I worked here (when it was called the Dreamery), I've been ADDICTED to frozen custard and yummy sorbets! Grab a treat and bring your dog along for a tasty puppy pop!
  • Kala M.
    Kala McRaeMay 3, 2012
    Amazing custard. There's flavor of the day but also a treat if the day which is often a delicious homemade cobbler.
  • Linda F.
    Linda FJune 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    OH. And for the love of god, when there's a long line, please do the regulars and the great staff a favor, an have your order ready when your turn comes :P lol
  • Zinio
    ZinioJune 20, 2011
    Capitol File says, if you're looking for a spin on familiar desserts like pineapple upside-down cake and banana pudding, try the frozen custard. Read more
  • Steve D.
    Steve DahlgrenJanuary 6, 2015
    The crown jewel of eats in Del Ray. Eat anything here, it'll be the best taste you've had all day.
  • Marta Lynne S.
    Marta Lynne SchantzJune 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The cobbler of the day is ALWAYS AMAZING! Worth the $5 for the daily special. Mmmmmm
  • Lily C.
    Lily CJuly 11, 2016
    The custard flavor of the day is always delicious- one of my favorite spots as a local.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveJuly 6, 2011
    Food blogger Feast After Famine recommends this ice cream shop’s chocolate and vanilla custard and their seasonal Girl Scout Cookie-inspired Thin Mint Custard.
  • GeauxDC F.
    GeauxDC FoodieJune 8, 2015
    The most simple review; I arrived a skeptic and left a loyal believer. Just like Grandma used to make!
  • Marta Lynne S.
    Marta Lynne SchantzMay 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The treat of the day - strawberry rhubarb cobbler with a scoop of vanilla - blew my mind. Perfection!
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGDecember 31, 2015
    This place is amazing... Check the website for the featured flavor of the day.
  • Betsy M.
    Betsy MicklemJune 7, 2014
    Even if the line is long go for it. It is worth the wait!! So good
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I've tried many things here, but the Door Coutu Sour with vanilla custard is the best and most refreshing.
  • John A.
    John AmschlerAugust 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This IS CUSTARD! Real custard - creamy, lovely and delicious :)
  • Autty C.
    Autty CrosbyAugust 23, 2014
    Custard and puppy pops for my Bubs makes this place officially the spot.
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WynkoopJune 26, 2015
    Click "Read More" at the end of this tip to view the flavor of the day and the flavor forecast. Read more
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PhippenNovember 27, 2014
    Best custard (ice cream) in the DC area. Great atmosphere.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HSeptember 4, 2016
    Chocolate custard (in sundae) was pretty good but nothing special. I prefer regular ice cream, which is fluffier, sweeter, more exciting in flavor, and not so "egg-y" creamy...
  • Brian W.
    Brian WellsNovember 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Check their website or Twitter to see what the flavor of the day is.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SorensenSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not overlook the cookies and baked goods, doggie treats are homemade.
  • Kala M.
    Kala McRaeMarch 9, 2013
    Just got the chocolate pudding cake with vanilla custard. If this is not heaven I don't know what is! Lol
  • Nick L.
    Nick LeDonneDecember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Of your 1,000 miles near here, you must visit and enjoy the dairy godmother!
  • Alan B.
    Alan BruceJanuary 11, 2012
    Great strawberry milkshake! Sadly only one size! I wanted more it was that good!!!
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    The best frozen custard EVER! Even the Obamas agree. Read more
  • Lila C.
    The puppy pops are addictive, although a bit big for toy-sized dogs. Save the rest for later!
  • Bob T.
    Bob TApril 14, 2013
    Her Dairy Godmother, banana pudding is not a Saturday night flavor.
  • George F.
    George F.July 7, 2013
    Go with the custard! The sorbet is alright, but definitely not their specialty
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan Erickson-KulasAugust 5, 2013
    Long line but it is good. They have a webcam to check the line
  • Ashley
    AshleyJune 14, 2010
    Try the Strawberry custard (only offered as a special flavor) with oreo topping!
  • Pork Barrel BBQ
    Pork Barrel BBQJanuary 10, 2010
    Amazing! Always try flavor of the day - most sorbets are gluten and dairy free - so all can join!
  • Sean D.
    Sean DaltonFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If the custard of the day is either cannoli or sopapilla, RUN - don't walk - here to try it!
  • Halie E.
    Halie EdwardsApril 12, 2016
    Favorite ice cream spot in the DMV!
  • JohnWayne H.
    JohnWayne HazellAugust 18, 2015
    The Best Custards 😃👌🏿👌🏿👌🏿👌🏿👌🏿👌🏿👌🏿👌🏿
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to stop by for the pumpkin custard & ginger's so fall.
  • Sammie M.
    Sammie MoshenbergFebruary 27, 2010
    Custard is great but don't forget to try baked good especially the fruit cobblers!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out The Dairy Godmother as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Liane T.
    Liane TacktillJuly 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't beat the sour cherries on vanilla custard. The BEST summertime treat :)
  • Mike t.
    Mike the ElderJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great custard ice cream.
  • Gianna G.
    Gianna GallardoJune 5, 2011
    Try a meerwasser! It's a sorbet and ginger ale float. Made with Sprecher soda of course.
  • Janet S.
    Janet Staker WoernerAugust 24, 2014
    Started by people from Wisconsin
  • Claire M.
    Claire McDonoughOctober 21, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Check the flavor forecast online before you go.
  • DC Social Sports C.
    DC Social Sports ClubJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't mind sharing? Grab a pint. It's cheaper and very generous.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HealeyOctober 11, 2015
    Try the turtle sundae!
  • BroHam P.
    BroHam PublishingSeptember 3, 2015
    Medium cup vanilla with m&m's
  • Pauline L.
    Pauline LewisMarch 23, 2010
    Best custard in NoVA, hands down. Even the President thinks so!
  • Jack F.
    Jack FanDecember 26, 2010
    Check the monthly flavor calendar and plan your visits accordingly.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HummelOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Toasted almond custard is to die for!
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 30, 2016
    Would think this place has more charm.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WilliamsOctober 9, 2013
    I love this place!
  • Scott W.
    Scott WMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Good product but super rude service. I think they actually dislike kids.
  • Janet L.
    Janet LewisDecember 18, 2010
    Best holiday desserts EVER!
  • Rita H.
    Rita HareOctober 25, 2016
    Totally meh. And I had high hopes. Just meh.
  • Beth C.
    Beth CampApril 29, 2013
    What a disgusting bathroom
  • Alexey S.
    Alexey ShaczSeptember 22, 2014
    Тут делают настоящее мороженое и шейки. Очень качественно. Советую.
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