Editors' pick

The Dairy Godmother

Bakery, Ice cream
$$$$ ($14 and under)
The Dairy Godmother photo
Kathryn Norwood/For The Post
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Editorial Review

Amanda Abrams wrote about the Dairy Godmother as part of a longer piece about ice cream shops on on July 3, 2009.

The line is daunting. It snakes through the store past a case of baked goods, past handwritten signs listing the treat of the day, all the way back to the bathrooms. But be prepared: It moves quickly, and you'd better know what you want by the time you get to the front.

Luckily, there are only three flavors to choose from. This is the Dairy Godmother of Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood, a frozen-custard place among locally owned coffee shops and lots of young families. "I thought the area needed a place where you can just run into people," said owner Liz Davis in explaining why she started the business in 2001. Today, the shop is usually full of chatting neighbors enjoying the dense, creamy custard, a frozen dessert that has more egg yolks and less air than regular ice cream. The options on hand are always chocolate and vanilla, plus a daily flavor that might be coconut cream, raspberry chocolate chip or Snickerdoodle Dandy (available only on the Fourth of July).