Sunday, June 21, 2015
Mountainburgers, Silver Saddles and Ice Cream at Dairy Dream in Mountainburg.
The Dairy Dream began in 1954. Robert Willroth started up the two-window drive in back in 1954. He passed it on to his son Jerry, and Jerry's family runs it today. The opening of the
The small brownish stand on the east side of the road looks lonely when it's out-of-season, but during the warmer months
It's cheaper than the Homestyle Burger, which is more what you're expecting from a burger place. But you need to get the Mountainburger at least once. It really is something you cannot get anywhere else, at least, nowhere else that I've found.
There are sundaes and freezes, malts and shakes on the menu. And then, at the bottom of the front window, are signs for other concoctions. I've been telling people to go get a Silver Saddle for years, and been quizzed about it. It's been the way I can tell if you've been to the Dairy Dream or not, for real. This time,
"A cherry soda," she responded.
He turned and raised his eyebrows at me before continuing, "And a Baby Elephant?"
"A Sprite with cherry in it."
"Lemon lime soda."
"What's a Silver Saddle?"
He also asked about a
Purple Cow and got a more mixed message. "It's a grape soda, or it's a grape soda mixed with vanilla ice cream."
I kept taking photos of the melting cone. I finally had to remind him to shoot it before it dripped all over my hands.
And yes, dear friends, those crazy wild names are just soda names from a time long ago, something to capture your imagination as the Dairy Dream does mine... when I'm hot and traveling and want a cool beverage or ice cream. The Dairy Dream is one of those throwback stands you should stop at when you're traveling, because there's nothing like the taste of a cold cone full of soft serve vanilla ice cream on a very, very hot day... or the sticky sensation you're left with once the cone is gone.
1600 Hwy 71 NE
Mountainburg, AR 72946
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Kat - Please update the spelling of my family's last name. It is Willroth.ReplyDelete
I have eaten there since I was a young girl growing up in Alma in the early seventies. I now have my daughter and husband addicted to them. We drive up at least once a year from Oklahoma City just to get a mountainburger ( or 3 each lol). Best 6 hour round trip burger I will ever have.ReplyDelete