Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Robbinsdale DQ - For the Big Spender!

The 4017 W Broadway DQ is my home DQ.  This is also the DQ where the manager flirts with my wife.

This store is the reason why I wanted to write this blog--THEY CHARGE TOO MUCH FREAKIN' MONEY FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!

Vanilla cone
sm: $1.89--This is what I got.
med: $2.29
lg: $2.49

Peanut Buster Parfait: $4.09

Across the board, this DQ is $.50 more expensive on everything.  Everything I care about anyways.  This earns this DQ a "Shame on You, DQ" designation for exploiting everyone's uncontrollable need for Dairy Queen.

This is a typical stand up and order DQ with no indoor seating.  It stays open almost all year round, which is awesome, but I feel cheated on price every time.

The wait was slightly long on this cold Tuesday evening.  They are probably a bit understaffed at this time of year.  The young woman waiting on me was nice; she laughed when my wife made fun of me for the way I ordered.

The cone was a good size--a 3 bumper with a decent swirl.  It had good flavor that was a little marshmellowy, but a bit runny.  If this were a hot July day, the cone would not have made it back to one of the 5 picnic tables.  

Sally, my wife, ordered a small dish of ice cream.  This costs the same price as a cone, but had significantly more ice cream.  This may be the way to go to get the most value for your money.

Parking is free and abundant.  Be sure to check out the painted garage window across the alley behind the DQ.  Whoever lives there creates a monthly portrait of some famous figure--Johnny Cash, Elvis, Buster Keaton, Michael Keaton.  The list goes on.

I'll continue going to this DQ since it is nearest to my house, but I'm probably going to continue to complain about it.

Friday, April 25, 2008

W 7th DQ - South of the Xcel Center

Date of Review: 4/24/08. Thursday, rainy, no line

The DQ on W 7th is a classic "stand up and order" store. There is a drive thru and some benches for sitting down. Parking is free in their lot.

The one person working was a bit slow to wait on me because she had two blizzard machines running and didn't know I was there. She apologized for the delay.

small cone: $1.39 -this is what I got.
med cone: $1.69
large cone: $1.99

Peanut Buster Parfait: $3.89

Cone Size: Standard 3-4 inches of ice cream above the cone. It's always a good sign when I am excited rather than disappointed when the cone is delivered. Good Job!

Service: Very good. The lady seemed nice.

Miscellaneous: Spoons and napkins were all within reach. Overall, an awesome experience. This store may be the standard bearer.

Rate My Dairy Queen

I love Dairy Queen.  I always have.  It has always been where Grandma takes you for a special treat, where the team goes after the tournament (win or lose), and where I go now to feed my emotions or celebrate accomplishments.

I few years ago, I began comparing Dairy Queen stores.  I thrive on variety and can hardly pass up a Dairy Queen if I see one.  I noticed that all DQs are not created equal.

Some stores are stingy on the cone size...
Some stores are expensive as hell...
Some store managers flirt with my wife.

With this weekly, blog I will compare and rate various Dairy Queen stores throughout Mpls/St Paul.  By the end of this summer, we will know--

Who is most generous with their ice cream cone size,
Who has the best and worst prices.
And who provides the best overall Dairy Queen experience.