Ideal Dairy

Richfield, Utah (last visit: May 2009).

According to their television ad, "Ideal Dairy has been offering delicious eats and cool treats since 1926." They still offer home delivery, and their restaurant/store still has a sit-down counter that looks like it came out of the 1950s.

The Menu

The menu offers even more than what you see here, but the picture is a good representation. Since taking over Parson's Bakery, they also offer breads, cookies and such.

The Atmosphere
The place has a homey feel. It's part store, part restaurant. I got there early on a Saturday morning, and it was nearly empty. You can barely see it in the picture, but there's a sit-down counter with a bunch of stools - pretty much like a 1950s soda fountain, but without the actual fountain.

The Meal
I really wanted ice cream, but at 7 or 8 in the morning it just didn't seem right. I came down with a serious case of indecision. The counter guy/sales clerk/manager suggested biscuits and gravy. Sold.  Out came a mammoth portion of biscuits, with enough gravy to drown them all. The biscuits were OK; the gravy, flavored with a little sausage and lots of pepper, was also just OK.

Maybe their other breakfasts are better, but I suspect that the real reason to come here is the ice cream, or maybe an "original punch bag," whatever that is.

The Bill
The meal was $3, plus tax and tip.

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