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Arkansas Dairy Bars: Neat Eats and Cool Treats


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The global pandemic has affected every industry. Our restaurants are suffering - with dozens of classic Arkansas restaurants closing their doors for good. But one sector of the dining industry is thriving during this distressing time: dairy bars. A popular mid-century sight all across America, dairy bars have been in decline for decades, all but evaporating from the dining scene. Those that have hung on have managed to maintain followings of devoted customers. The nature of dairy bars – restaurants where one generally orders from a window and which have a variety of ice cream delights on the menu – has aided them in being able to stay afloat. With indoor dining limited and masks required of diners, and with restaurant pick-up orders becoming de jour, dairy bars are thriving.

Modern Dairy Bar Eats


Alpena Top Rock Drive In Chili Cheese Dog and Leopard Burger by Kay Robinson


Bald Knob Bulldog Restaurant Half Pound Double Cheeseburger With Sundae by Kat Robinson


Bay Shake Shop Catfish Dinner on Friday by Kat Robinson


Benton Garrys Sling Blade Drive In Cheeseburger and Crinkle Fries by Kat Robinson


Benton Kream Kastle 1963 Patty Melt and Potato Salad by Kat Robinson


Benton Salem Dairy Bar Double Cheeseburger and Fries by Kat Robinson


Berryville Garners Drive In Irish Nachos by Kat Robinson


Blythville Kream Kastle Pig Sandwich Chili Cheeseburger and Coke Float by Kat Robinson


Charleston Charleston Dairy Diner Chili Dog With Chocolate Malt by Kat Robinson


Charleston Charleston Dairy Diner Chocolate Malt by Kat Robinson


Clarksville Dairy Freeze Butterscotch Pie by Kat Robinson


Clarksville Dairy Freeze Rocky Road Sundae by Kat Robinson


Clarksville Diamond Drive In Shrimp Basket by Kat Robinson


Clinton Franks Hickory House BBQ Large Beef BBQ Sandwich with Slaw with Onion Rings and a Chocolate Soda by Kat Robinson


Coal Hill Dees Drive In Leroy Burger by Kat Robinson


Delaware Delaware Ice Cream Shop and Deli Praline Pecan Waffle Cone by Kat Robinson


Delaware Delaware Ice Cream Shop and Deli Turkey Sandwich with Potato Salad by Kat Robinson


Delight Pinkys Drive In Chicken Fried Steak Dinner with Mashed Potatoes Salad and Bread by Kat Robinson


Des Arc Sno White Dairy Bar Banana Split by Kat Robinson


DeWitt Troys Drive In Cheeseburger by Kat Robinson


England Spradlins Dairy Delight Frito Pie by Kat Robinson


Fair Oaks Kennons Dairy Bar All Meat Burger by Kat Robinson


Fair Oaks Kennons Dairy Bar All Meat Burger with Oreo Milkshake by Kat Robinson


Fair Oaks Kennons Dairy Bar Oreo Milkshake by Kat Robinson


Fort Smith Bonnies Dairy Freeze Burrito Deluxe and Banana Sundae by Kat Robinson


Fort Smith Bonnies Dairy Freeze Chili Cheeseburger by Kat Robinson


Fort Smith Yellow Umbrella Twist Cone by Kat Robinson


Gassville Taylors Freez King Bobcat Burger and Chicken Strips by Kat Robinson


Green Forest Jims Drive In Blueberry Sundae in a Large cup by Kat Robinson


Harrison Daisy Queen Hi Boy Hi Boy Burger in front of building and sign by Kat Robinson


Harrison Neighborhood Diner Bean Plate by Kat Robinson


Hazen Hornet Dairy Bar Hot Turkey with Hoop Cheese and Chips by Kat Robinson


Helena West Helena Burger Shack Chuck Sandwich and Coke Float by Kat Robinson


Hot Springs Baileys Dairy Treat Blueberry Sundae and Fried Rice with Egg Roll by Kat Robinson


Hot Springs Frosty Treats Regular Veggie Cheeseburger and Spicy Chicken Sandwich by Kat Robinson


Hot Springs King Kone Nutty Buddy by Kat Robinson


Hughes Hughes Drive In Homestyle Burger and Cheezy Taters by Kat Robinson


Jessieville The Shack Two Piece Catfish and Salad by Kat Robinson


Jonesboro Presleys Drive In Reuben and Crinkle Fries with Float by Kat Robinson


Lamar Deiss Drive In Hickory Burger by Kat Robinson


Lavaca R And A Drive In Taco Burger and Tots by Kat Robinson


Lewisville Burges Turkey Salad Plate with Potato Salad and Baked Beans by Kat Robinson


Lincoln American Drive In Chickie Dog and Dipped Cone by Kat Robinson


Lincoln Burgerland Cheeseburger and Fried Zucchini by Kat Robinson


Lonoke Jackrabbit Dairy Bar Footlong The Works by Kat Robinson


Malvern Mels Drive In Triple Jumbo Cheeseburger with Curly Fries by Kat Robinson


Marion Tackers Shake Shack Waverly Burger Mac and Cheese and Caramel Apple Pie by Kat Robinson


Marked Tree Walkers Dairy Freeze Pizza Burger and Tots by Kat Robinson


Mena Myers Cruizzers Cruizzer Sandwich and Blueberry Milkshake by Kat Robinson


Monticello Breaker Wheels Meal Drive In Polish with Tots and Strawberry Sundae by Kat Robinson


Monticello Rays Drive In Bacon Double Cheeseburger by Kat Robinson


Monticello Rays Drive In Beef Po Boy with Homemade Onion Rings by Kat Robinson


Monticello Rays Drive In In Window Shot by Kat Robinson


Mount Ida Dairyette Chocolate Malt and Chili Cheese Dog by Kat Robinson


Mount Ida Dairyette Double Cheeseburger with Shoestring Fries and Chocolate Malt by Kat Robinson


Mountain View Krispy House Catfish Dinner by Kat Robinson


Mountainburg Dairy Dream Ice Cream Cone by Kat Robinson


Mountainburg Dairy Dream Mountainburger in front of restaurant by Kat Robinson


Mulberry Dairy Dip Grilled Shrimp Friday Special Dinner with Okra by Kat Robinson


Newark Moores Dairy Creme Footlong Chili Cheese Dog with Vanilla Cone by Kat Robinson


Ozark Dairy DeLite Junior Cheeseburger Egg Roll and Cherry Limeade by Kat Robinson


Paragould Dog N Sudz Double Cheeseburger Special with Root Beer and fries and a Bean and Cheese Papusa by Kat Robinson


Paragould Hamburger Station Humberger and Cheese Tots by Kat Robinson


Pine Bluff Richs Hamburgers Three Hamburgers in a stack by Kat Robinson


Pleasant Plains Pleasant Plains Dairy Bar Grilled Cheese Burger by Kat Robinson


Portia Dairy King Dipped Cone by Kat Robinson


Portia Dairy King Shrimp Po Boy with Homemade Chips and a Mexican Coke by Kat Robinson


Prattsville The Whipett Dairy Bar by Kat Robinson fried catfish and hush puppies


Rogers Susie Q cheeseburger and shake by Kat Robinson


Rogers Susie Q Malt Shop Jumbo Cheeseburger Susie Q Fries and a drink by Kat Robinson


Russellville Feltners Whatta Burger Double Double Sissy with Regular Fries and Pineapple Milkshake by Kat Robinson


Saint Paul Saint Paul Snack Shack Saint Burger by Kat Robinson


Sheridan Yellow Jacket Drive In Caramel Sundae with twist ice cream by Kat Robinson


Sheridan Yellow Jacket Drive In Double Hubcap Burger and fries by Kat Robinson


Siloam Springs Barnetts Dairyette Brownie Sundae by Kat Robinson


Stamps Jimmys Diner Chopped Beef Sandwich with Potato Chipps by Kat Robinson


Strong Ramonas City Grill Chili Cheeseburger by Kat Robinson


Texarkana Old Tyme Burger Shop Mushroom Swiss Burger and Peanut Butter Shake by Kat Robinson


Texarkana The Dugout The Change Up 13inch by Kat Robinson


Trumann Hightowers Tastee Freeze Parfait by Kat Robinson


Waldenburg Dairy D Shack Fried Bologna Sandwich by Kat Robinson


Waldo Jeffs Dairy Treet Jumbo Cheeseburger and Fried Pickles by Kat Robinson


Waldron Judys Drive In Bro Burger by Kat Robinson


Walnut Ridge Polar Freeze BBQ Ham Sandwich with Onion Rings by Kat Robinson


West Fork Sugar Shack Cheeseburger Fries and Vanilla Shake by Kat Robinson


Wickes The Lighthouse Drive In Steak Fingers and Fries with Gravy and a Butter Pecan Milkshake by Kat Robinson


Yellville Carolyns Razorback Ribs Cave Man Dinner by Kat Robinson

Historical Dairy Bar Photos


1953 Blytheville Kream Kastle milk bar ad


1953 Kream Kastle Opening Menu


1954 Blytheville Kream Kastle


1955 Blytheville Kream Kastle.


1956 Blytheville Kream Kastle


1957 Rector Daisy Queen


1958 Blytheville Kream Kastle


1958 Siloam Springs yearbook dairy bar could be Barnetts


1959 Hot Springs Dairy Queen


1959 Hot Springs Polar Bar


1960 Batesville Rainbow Dairy Bar closed


1960 Humnoke Joe Morris Dairy Diner


1960 Walnut Ridge Polar Freeze


1961 Sheridan High Yearbook Suttles Dairyette could be Yellowjacket


1963 Hot Springs Polar Bar now Baileys Dairy Treat.jpg


1965 Benton Dairy Queen


1965 Benton Ruffs Tastee Freeze


1965 Malvern Parkview Dairyette from high school yearbook


1965 Warren Lumberjack Dairy Bar


1966 Benton Ruffs Tastee Freeze


1967 Benton Ruffs Tastee Freeze


1967 Warren Corral Drive In


1967 Warren Rowland Dairy Queen


1968 Conway Austins Dog N Suds


1968 Conway Dog N Suds


1968 El Dorado Minute Man interior


1968 Mammoth Orange ad


1968 Salem Daisy Queen


1968 Searcy Dog N Suds


1968 Sheridan Treats Daisy Queen


1968 Warren Corral Drive In


1968 Warren Rowland Dairy Queen


1969 Amity Jacks Dairy Bar counter from yearbook


1969 Amity Jacks Dairy Bar grill from yearbook


1969 El Dorado Minute Man interior ad


1969 Warren Rowlands Dairy Queen logo


1970 Fayetteville Minute Man interior with poo


1970 Jonesboro Dog N Suds ad


1970 Search Dog N Suds


1970s Mt Ida Dairyette


1971 El Dorado Minute Man interior


1971 Gurdon Daisy Queen


1971 Malvern Parkview Dairyette counter from yearbook


1971 Malvern Tastee Freeze Number 1 a


1971 Malvern Tastee Freeze Number 1 b


1971 Malvern Tastee Freeze Number 1 c


1971 Malvern Tastee Freeze Number 2 a


1971 Malvern Tastee Freeze Number 2 b


1971 Star City Dairy Freeze


1972 Blytheville Kream Kastle


1972 Blytheville Kream Kastle


1972 Gurdon Daisy Queen


1972 Warren Creeds Dairy Diner


1973 Blytheville Kream Kastle


1973 Paragould Dog N Suds


1973 Rich Dairyette Bradley County or LA logo from yearbook


1974 Clarkville Diamond Drive In


1974 Paragould Dog N Suds


1975 Charleston Dairy Diner


1975 Clarksville Diamond Drive In


1976 Minute Man register.jpg


1976 Siloam Springs Harris Dari Delite


1976 Walnut Ridge Booths Snack Bar


1977 Batesville Minute Man


1977 Desha Minute Man


1977 North Little Rock Minute Man on JFK drive thru


1978 Leftwich Mount Magazine Beacon Drive In closed


1978 Morrilton Bills Daisy Queen


1978 Paragould Minute Man sign


1978 Prairie Grove Minute Man


1979 Batesville Minute Man register


1979 Newport Minute Man


1980 Little Rock Mabelvale Dairy Diner


1981 Clarksville Diamondd Drive In


1981 Stamps Jimmys Drive In


1982 Blytheville Kream Kastle


1982 Tackers Shake Shack Big John Tacker


1983 Arkadelphia Daisy Queen


1983 Marion Tackers Shake Shack exterior


1984 Lonoke Bowdens Dairy Bar now Jackrabbot


1985 Bowdens Dairy Bar now Jackrabbit


1986 Lonoke Bowden Dairy Bar JT Bowden now Jackrabbit


1989 Marked Tree Walkers Dairy Freeze


1993 Whopper Burger ad


1996 Garrys Drive In staff


2008 Lonoke Tidwell Dairy Bar now Jackrabbit


Al Roker in Blytheville


Baileys Dairy Treat historical 2


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Benton Garrys Sling Blade 1964 Leons Whopper Burger


Benton Garrys Sling Blade 1965 Leons Whopper Burger


Benton Garrys Sling Blade 1967 Leons Whopper Burger


Benton Garrys Sling Blade 1972 Whopper Burger Drive in.jpg


Benton Garrys Sling Blade 1973 Whopper Burger Drive In


Benton Garrys Sling Blade 1974 Leons Whopper Burger


Benton Garrys Sling Blade 1977 Whopper Burger Drive In


Benton Garrys Sling Blade 1977b Whopper Burger Drive In


Benton Garrys Sling Blade Drive In Cheeseburger and Crinkle Cut Fries by Kat Robinson


Benton Garrys Sling Blade Drive In Cheeseburger and Crinkle Cut Fries with background by Kat Robinson


Benton Garrys Sling Blade Drive In Strawberry Shake by Kat Robinson


Benton Salem Dairy Bar Burger 2011


Benton Salem Dairy Bar Double Cheeseburger and crinkle cut fries


Benton Salem Dairy Bar front 2011


Benton Salem Dairy Bar older photo


Benton Salem Dairy Bar Strawberry Sundae


Blytheville Kream Kastle Pig Sandwich Chili Cheeseburger and Coke Float by Kat Robinson


CLOSED Dari Delite of Siloam Springs


colorsign (1)


Dairy King postcard maybe Portia


Daisy Queen Hi Boy circa 200


De Witt Troys Drive In 2014


De Witt Troys Drive In De Witt Dairy Bar 1971


Diamond Drive In in 2008


Dog n Suds classic neon NOT PARAGOULD just logo


Fair Oaks Kennons Dairy Bar All Meat Burger and shake by Kat Robinson


Fair Oaks Kennons Dairy Bar All Meat Burger by Kat Robinson


Fishers Hi Boy NOT HARRISON LOCATION


Floral Camp Tahkodah


Gov and is that Al Pacino at Kream Kastle


Gov Hutchinson with Jeff and Suzanne Wallace


Gov Hutchinson with Jeff Wallace


Gov Hutchinson


Hot Springs Baileys Dairy Treat Bill Clinton Photo full


Hot Springs Baileys Dairy Treat Morphews


Hot Springs Frosty Treat Twist Cone


Hot Springs King Kone 1977 menu


Hot Springs Rockys Corner by Kat Robinson 3 original location 1


Hot Springs Rockys Corner by Kat Robinson 3 original location


Huntsville Y Drive In MAY BE CLOSED March 2021


Jeff Wallace in smoke room


Jonesboro Presleys Drive In 1987


Jonesboro Presleys Drive In 1991


Josies at Waldenburg exterior


Josies at Waldenburg interior


King Kone historic


Little Rock Minute Man Geyer Springs and I 30 from 1972


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar 1972


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar 1973


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar 1973b


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar 1974


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar 1974b


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar 1974b


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar 1977 photo and window


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar 1979 menu board


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar 1982


Malvern Mels Dairy Bar vanilla milkshake by Kat Robinson


Mammoth Orange cafe interior 2010


Marion Big Johns Shake Shack Big John


Marion Big Johns Shake Shack caramel apple fried pie


Marion Big Johns Shake Shack pizza photo


Marion Big Johns Shake Shack Tang pie


MArion Tackers Shake Shack burger


Marion Tackers Shake Shack Sultana Burger on tablecloth with line in background by Kat Robinson


Marion Tackers Shake Shack Waverly Burger


Marked Tree Walkers Dairy Bar pizza burger


Minute Man - Veterans (1)


Minute Man - Veterans(2)


Minute Man - Veterans (3)


MMLocust


Mt Ida Dairyette Facebook 2015 boys camp


Mt Ida Dairyette Facebook 2015 Camp Ozark kids


Mt Ida Dairyette Facebook Camp Ozark kids


Mt Ida Dairyette Facebook crowd in line


Mt Ida Dairyette Harley and Wilma Ferguson


Paragould Dog N Suds root beer and pupusa


Paragould Dog N Sudz Double Cheeseburger Special with Root Beer and Fries and a Bean and Cheese Papusa


Paragould Dog N Sudz Double Cheeseburger Special with Root Beer and Fries and a Bean and Cheese Papusa horizontal by Kat Robinson


Paragould Hamburger Station exterior by Grav Weldon 2013


Paragould Hamburger Station humburger and cheesy taters by Kat Robinson


Paragould Hamburger Station Turkey Club Sandwich from Facebook 2


Paragould Hamburger Station Turkey Club Sandwich from Facebook 3


Paragould Hamburger Station Turkey Club Sandwich from Facebook


Pine Bluff Richs Hamburgers Three Hamburgers in a stack with fries horizontal by Kat Robinson


Pohl orange


Redfield Mammoth Orange Cafe 1973 interior


Redfield Mammoth Orange Cafe 1974 interior


Redfield Mammoth Orange Cafe by Kat Robinson


Redfield Mammoth Orange exterior


Redfield Mammoth Orange sundaes


Richard Warriner Sr on right Richs Hamburgers Pine Bluff


Richs Burgers exterior


Rockys Corner historical


Sling Blade Movie Billy Bob Thornton in Garrys.


Sling Blade Movie Poster


Suzanne and Jeff Wallace 1


Suzanne and Jeff Wallace 2


Suzanne and Jeff Wallace


Texarkana Polar Bear Dairy Bar defunct from Library of Congress


The Bulldog Restaurant sports crowd


UALR Minute Man


UALR Minute Man (2)


Waldenburg D Shack exterior 2013


WALDENBURG D Shack interior 2013


Waldenburg Dairy Shack 1989 ad

Last Updated 08 Jun 2021