128 South Federal Highway
Dania Beach FL
Info: (954) 923-4445 Visit their Facebook Page
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 11:30 am-11:00 pm, Friday - Saturday, 11:30 am-12:00 am, Sunday,12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
No matter what the weather, the day, the state of the nation or trends in foods or fad diets, one thing’s for certain – every single day, there will be a line of people waiting outside Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour to get in. And I can tell you firsthand it’s well worth the wait - as well as the calories
In the Beginning
Jaxson’s is the brainchild of Monroe Udell, who first opened the place in 1956. Back then he was known to break the laws of segregation by hiring and serving whomever he wanted. His kindness and dedication to hard work, plus his determination to make the best ice cream
anyone ever tasted, truly paid off. This Dania Beach restaurant is Zagat rated, has been featured on The Food Network, Good Morning America and has been repeatedly covered by national magazines and the local press.
Meet Host Stanley, in Case You Haven’t Already
Host Stanley Goldstein has been greeting patrons at Jaxson's for more than 3 decadesDebbie Glade
The first time I visited Jaxson’s in the mid 1970s, I remember the friendly restaurant host, Stanley Goldstein, leaning up against the old wooden wall unit that displays stuffed animals and old-fashioned hard candies. He was waiting for a table to open for my family back then, and this week, 35 years later we went to Jaxson’s and Stanley was just as helpful and attentive and was leaning on that same exact spot as we were waiting to be seated. The restaurant had a huge celebration in July, 2012 for Stanley’s 90th birthday, and he received a whole lot of well wishes from his countless fans and local media. Stanley is always there, always has a smile on his face and is just about the cutest and nicest fellow you’ll ever meet.
Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlour Atmosphere
Jaxson’s is the anchor of a strip shopping center along Federal Highway just north of Stirling Road in Dania Beach. The flashing lighted signs and lines of patrons are impossible to miss as you drive down the street. There’s a walk up window outside to order ice cream to go or to enjoy on the patio with outdoor seating. If you want the full Jaxson’s experience, wait for a table inside. First you’ll walk through a small charming old-fashioned candy
store with tasty treats from the past. There are two dining rooms, both of which are stuffed with old wooden tables and traditional parlor chairs. The walls and ceilings are cluttered with a vast collection of old license plates, antique bicycles, rusty cameras, cooking utensils and other other American memorabilia. There’s a big old popcorn machine, and bowls of popcorn are placed on every table as soon as patrons are seated.
Generous Portions, “Oohs” and “Ahs”
Jaxson’s has a full menu with great All-American burgers, including the 1 lb. Double Cheddar Burger ($15.95), ½ lb. Hot Dogs ($12.75), sandwiches ($8.25-$11.25), wraps ($8.75-$10.95) and salads ($10.25-$11.50), and they’re tasty and filling; the portions are beyond generous. But the main draw here is unquestionably the ice cream. Talk about quantity and quality! The sundaes, malts, parfaits and floats are gigantic and come in humongous glass goblets or stainless steel ice cream bowls. My family finds it entertaining when patrons order the sundaes, parfaits and other delights and then audibly comment about how shocked they are that the servings are tremendous. We’re pretty sure those people know exactly how huge the portions are, which is why they come here, but they’re embarrassed that other patrons may think they can actually polish off the entire dessert. There are always plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” as the ice cream delights are carried through the dining rooms, and it’s part of the fun. Where else can you go where 100% of the people are this happy?
Ice Cream is King
Jaxson's 3-scoop Turtle Sundae is worth celebratingDebbie Glade
The ice cream is handmade with the freshest natural ingredients; you can really taste the quality. There are about 35 flavors of ice cream, and there’s not a bad one in the bunch. Among my favorites are the Double Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip and Coffee. You’ve got to try the Peppermint too, chock full of big chunks of colorful and tasty peppermint candies. The sauces are homemade every day, and you won’t find any better tasting toppings on the planet. When I think about the sidecar of hot fudge or caramel sauce, my mouth waters.
The ice cream menu is so extensive, you’ll likely find it to be overwhelming. Just know that you cannot go wrong with whatever you choose to order and that you can substitute any ice cream flavor you want on the menu. And yes, you can share your ice cream creation with a friend. Over the years, I’ve tried many of the ice cream creations, and I have to say the Turtle Sundae ($11.50) is my favorite. If you are with a party of 4 or more and your appetites are tremendous, order The Kitchen Sink - an extraordinary ice cream masterpiece served in an old fashioned sink. ($12.95 per person) For parties of 12, there’s The Punch Bowl ($99.95), that is said to be towering so high with scoops of ice cream, you cannot see the person sitting on the other side of the table.
Jaxson’s has stood the test of time, proving that Americans love the feeling they get and taste they experience at this old-fashioned ice cream parlour. There’s simply no place else like it.