The Oldest Operating Dairy Queen In Iowa Has Been Serving Ice Cream For Almost 75 Years
By Raymond Goldfield|Published October 03, 2022
Raymond Goldfield is a life-long New Jersey resident and an avid traveler and foodie who can be usually found on the Jersey Shore during the offseason or checking out the latest seasonal flavors at The Bent Spoon in Princeton. He has been working for Only In Your State for since early 2022, where he writes for New Jersey and Iowa and edits the Mid-Atlantic region. He can also be found writing about pop culture for GeekDad. When at home, he enjoys reading comic books and is part of The Rabbitt Stew podcast team. While New Jersey is his home base, he travels regularly and has visited Virginia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and Canada as well as all of NJ's border states. Ultimate travel goal? Visit all the best buffets in the United States.
Is there a more iconic fast food chain in the midwest than Dairy Queen? Known for its delicious ice cream and filling hamburgers and baskets of chicken, the casual chain has evolved a lot over the years. But at one location in Cedar Rapids, it feels like time has stood still. The 1st Avenue Dairy Queen is the oldest Dairy Queen in Iowa, opening only seven years after the chain launched in 1940. It’s still going strong seventy-five years after it debuted, and its fans say the quality is just as strong as ever. So for ice cream with a delicious side of nostalgia, this is one Dairy Queen that fans of the chain will want to make sure to visit.
Have you visited the oldest Dairy Queen in Iowa? Let us know your favorite meals, treats, and sweets to get at this iconic restaurant. You can check out the chain’s menu and the location’s hours on their website. If you’re looking for another old-school treat in the Hawkeye State, consider paying a visit to this Little Italy mainstay.
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