Page Dairy Mart: Believe The Hype

Achievement: #39. Visit 3 Ice Cream Stands

Way down East Carson Street, past the South Side Flats, there’s a little roadside ice cream shop that always seems to be packed. Day or night, a line curls around the parking area, edging up against traffic. The name of this literal beacon of light in the middle of nowhere?

Page Dairy Mart
The Page Dairy Mart.

We’d come by this place before, seen the line, and split — but on one sultry summer’s night, we were so hungry for some great soft-serve that we didn’t care how long we’d have to wait. So into the line we climbed.

Page Dairy Mart
In a way, the long line turned out to be a blessing, because it gave us plenty of time to weigh the many ice cream options. Would we go for a towering swirl in a cone? Or would we opt for one of Page’s signature sundaes, such as that crazy-delicious-looking Yinzer?

Well, if you’ve read any of our other food chronicles, you’ve probably already guessed: we chose not to choose and went in both directions.

Page Dairy Mart
I opted for simplicity and got a vanilla soft-serve in a cake cone. And upon my first taste, I realized that this stuff was worth every second of that line wait. It was perhaps the best soft-serve I’ve ever had, perfectly creamy and fresh, while being surprisingly resilient in the humidity. And even if it had begun to melt faster than I could eat, you’ll notice that the cone came with a little plastic sheath to catch drippings and keep my hand clean. A nifty idea — though, of course, it proved unnecessary.

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Fox, on the other hand, went royal-court-fancy and ordered the hot fudge chocolate chip cookie sundae. Decadent doesn’t even begin to capture its magnificence. The base was a moist and tender cookie from Nancy B’s in West Homestead, topped with that delicious above-mentioned vanilla ice cream, plus fluffy whipped cream and super-thick, sticky hot fudge. In hindsight, we probably could have skipped dinner and gone straight for the sundae. It was astonishingly good.

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By the time we’d finished, the sky had grown dark, but the line was as strong as ever. And as we now knew, for perfectly good reason.

Page Dairy Mart
So the next time you’re driving down East Carson, in the largely desolate stretch around Hays, look for the line and make a stop. Any time between 11am and 10pm, the Page Dairy Mart would be happy to have you as a guest.

3 Comments

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3 Responses to Page Dairy Mart: Believe The Hype

  1. I love Page Dairy Mart!! I just went for the first time this summer.

  2. Woubbie

    I’ve always wondered how good their stuff must be do have lines that long!

    Guess you two aren’t going to cross-post this one on SparkPeople, eh? 😉

    • steelcityfox

      Believe it or not, I *did* try to figure out the calories to track it! What I got was really similar to the old Cookie Fudge Fantasy at Eat n Park, so I used that as a starting point… like 1000 calories. 1000 calories of deliciousness. (Which I couldn’t finish, so I took it home and shared it with Lucy lol)

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