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Dairy Inn
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Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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1201 Doctor M.L.K. Jr St N St Petersburg, FL 33701
1201 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Street NorthUSFloridaSaint Petersburg33701
(727) 822-6971dairyinn.com
$Hamburger Restaurant, Ice Cream Shop
Hamburger Restaurant
Ice Cream Shop
Chicken Wings Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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Nostalgic Ice Cream Shop, 68 years and going, with so much more. Great burgers, authentic Philly cheese steaks, real buffalo wings. You won't be disappointed! This is the place we all had growing up!
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Old-school, window-serve joint with picnic tables, doling out soft-serve ice cream & American grub.- Google
"I had to Philly cheesesteak and was blown away at how great it was."
"We then drove out of our way to sit in a drive through at McDonald's for shakes."
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Carrie Combs
a week ago
We have been going to Dairy Inn for years and it is one of our favorite places to eat in St Pete. The food is freshly made to order and they have "the best burger in town!" I love a lot of the food at Dairy Inn and of course the ice cream is delicious. The service is great and that's why we keep coming back. Keep up the great work, there are many of us that LOVE Dairy Inn!! Side Note- It is outdoor seating- If it's hot outside, get it to go like we do :) You can call ahead and pick up your order to go.
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Laura Depp
2 weeks ago
I've been coming here for years. The staff seemed to change for the worst. I ordered a large ice cream cup and the ice cream wasn't even filled all the way. A customer next to me agreed that it was not enough. So I ask a young lady to put some more and she says, okay, but that's how we usually fill it. Like I said, I've been coming here a while and the ice cream usually fills above the top of the cup, so that was a lie or they're really cutting back their stuff. She then proceeds to tell me rudely that next time I won't get the 'extra' ice cream and I shouldn't be surprised by the portion. We also ordered beignets that were smaller than usual. It's probably about half the size it used to be. So I'm never coming back here again. As you can see from recent reviews, people have been complaining about the staff for a reason. There used to be such nice people there and the desserts were great. Not anymore.
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jessica a alba
in the last week
I just love this place, I love how local it feels! I love just to sit and eat a cheeseburger on the picnic tables! I love dairy inn burgers, the wait time is worth it!
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Eric Ritter
3 months ago
There really is nothing to dislike about this place. From burgers to Philly cheesesteaks banana split ice cream Sundays they have anything that you could want from this type of established. I had to Philly cheesesteak and was blown away at how great it was. Seating is outdoors at picnic tables only and very limited
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Sensei P
4 weeks ago
I normally enjoy treating myself to a frozen treat from Dairy Inn. On 6/4/15 I took a couple of the kids from a summer camp program for a treat this day and was a little taken back when I noticed that all of the women inside were all kind of moving in slow motion. The all seemed to be a bit distracted by another young women in the back holding a baby who was probably less than a year old. The young lady at the counter finished taking the order of the people in front of me and then turned away from the register for a few, which would have been fine if she had not gone over and began to coo and make goo goo faces with the young lady holding the baby for a solid (2 minutes). Then after doing another lap around the small station she retraced her steps to SPECIFICALLY stop next to this young lady and her baby again, she stopped to make even MORE faces with the baby again for another full minute & a half. and THEN came back to the register to take my order. And then somewhere in the process of taking my order she began to give me what was nothing less than an attitude... and while handing me my change I noticed the (Eye rolling, huffing and puffing, sucking her teeth)... I have sisters so I know what eye rolling looks like. After she handed me my change, she disappeared into the back AGAIN. (Full 3 and 1/2 Min). In all of this, the young lady holding the baby (still the center of attention) began to make her way around the work station (with baby on hip) and began to operate the machines, open containers, lean and reach down into coolers... I have NEVER met a baby that did not drool. Even the cute ones. But that does NOT mean that I should have to accept or expect that to be something that should keep me standing in line in the intense heat with a group of young kids of my own to worry about. No longer happy with this situation but not wanting to disappoint the kids who were waiting for their orders, and trying to keep my irritation under wraps. With our orders finally in place we then had to step over to the "Pick-up" window. It was then that I overheard part of a comment the girl (16-17 years old) made under her breath to one of her co-workers. They both began to peak around the posters to get a look at (The guy with the attitude). Once all of our eyes locked and they both knew that I had probably heard their comments, they both disappeared into the back again, this time for a full (4 minutes). When the co-worker came back to finally make our order she did so with a little less attitude than the cashier but with an attitude none the less. (She did her co-workers back). I did allow the kids to receive their orders, but I cancelled mine. I could be wrong in feeling like the customer's order should be given priority and that service should still be rendered with a smile, but I don't think I am. I also don't think the baby should have been back in the kitchen, juggled over top of coolers and machines that people are to be served from. Not unless she was wearing an apron and was taking orders. And if taking my order was that much of an inconvenience to this young lady, maybe she should look for a job that does not require her to interact with people. I don't know when (if ever) I will return to Dairy Inn. I can only hope this type of issue is addressed before that day comes. Until then, I think I'll make the trip to Dairy Queen. The food has always been good enough to keep this place in mind but this one experience was a little much.
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amanda gottman
a month ago
I've lived within a block of Dairy Inn for almost two years now and can honestly say I only go now as a last resort. Over this time I've had various unsatisfactory experiences and like most people just kept my opinion to myself. I understand we're all human, mistakes happen but it's all how you handle that customers situation that makes a world of a difference. Two nights ago my boyfriend and I went to get shakes. Their was new flavors so we ordered a large blueberries and cream shake and red velvet. Both were incredibly thin. It was more or less a little thicker than milk. The red velvet, tasted nothing like red velvet either. I got back in line, explained the situation to the hispanic girl that seemed like she was in charge of that shift. She then said that the soft serve machines were down and said she could remake them with hard ice cream. I declined the offer and just asked for my money back. Even though she offered a solution she didn't apologize for the inconvenience or seem very empathetic about it at all, which was especially frustrating considering SHE was the one that made the shakes. The cashier was a petite young girl, sweet and apologetic when giving me my money back. We then drove out of our way to sit in a drive through at McDonald's for shakes. My other experiences have been mostly walking up there to order a bag full of food, getting home to find it was missing some of my order, this has happened a few times. I already have to wait sometimes 20 mins for my food, which I'm willing to do when it's worth it. To have to tell them though that I'm missing food and have to wait again is aggravating. Walking home from paying $6 for a chicken sandwich that didn't include the toppings, was also not fun. After that I decided not to go back, but gave them another chance months later. I find that it really depends on who is working at the time as to wether or not I receive good customer service. They really should have a system for these instances, not necessarily free food but even a coupon would have been nice to compensate me for my time. When I want a protein smoothie, they are usually out of protein and I'm pretty sure they put soft serve in their mango smoothie. A smoothie should not consist of ice cream especially when it's twice the cost of the milk shakes. On the other hand I will say they do have really great hot wings for a fast food joint.
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Response from the owner - a month ago
Ms. Gottman; You are not going to like my reply. Thanks for taking your time to inform me of your poor experience. I only wish that you had come directly to me in the event ANYTHING you ordered did not meet your expectations at any time. And although we strive to meet expectations 100% of the time, we do have several procedures in place to handle mistakes just in case. The key part of that is you letting us know. I have never received any communication from you. Although leaving a review is a great forum to share great places with new people; alert others to potential rip offs or at the very least an outlet for aspiring literary folk to sharpen their skills and wit. This method of feedback is usually too late. In my experience, contrary to your view, most people do not keep their opinion to themselves. Of the 5,000 to 7,000 very cherished guests we have the honor to serve each week, most have found us through word of mouth. We do absolutely no advertising. As you stated, you have waited 20 minutes in a line. Almost all of our guests are happy repeat customers. When we do something wrong, and we will - we are only human, we try our best to correct it. Although I could be wrong, but is it safe to assume that in the two years you have spent your hard earned money with us that we actually did something well? Yes, you said the wings were good for a fast food joint, but any thing else? No mention of the hand filleted fresh chicken; or that the milk and ice cream are sourced locally from Florida farms; nor the mango chunks instead of pulp or mix in your smoothie. The smoothie has only natural ingredients, sugar or agave never high fructose corn syrup. In fact 90% of what is sold at Dairy Inn is made on premises, fresh daily. Yes the machine caused us a lot of issues Thursday. Myself and several other employees worked very hard to overcome the issue so it did not impact our guests. The repairman did not have the part until the next day. We did the best we could given the circumstances. So rather than just apologize to you, which is what both of my employees did as well as try to remake what you ordered to your satisfaction, I say our relationship should end. It's not you... it's me. If we can't be the 1st love of your life, as opposed to the last resort, then please continue searching for a place that is better love connection. Enjoy McDonalds. I am sure they will live up to your expectations.
mark nixon
in the last week
A New Owner. First management decision, reduce the portions. Second management decision, raise the prices. What's next? Probably charge for parking. A former happy customer
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Timothy Smith
3 months ago
Showed up at 9:40, waited 10 minutes, then the lady comes out & says they're closed at 9:50pm when it says 10pm on the door. Will never return. Employees couldn't have cared less. Extremely poor service.
Response from the owner - 3 months ago
Timothy, Please accept my apologies for the service you received last night at Dairy Inn. Although we do strive to provide outstanding service and great treats, sometimes we are not as successful as I would like. The young lady who was in charge had closed the restaurant due to a personal issue and did so without authorization. That is a practice that I frown upon strongly. Although there is no way to repay you for the time and effort spent trying to support our establishment, I want you to know that I have discussed the matter with the employee and explained that there were better ways to deal with the situation rather than what she did. By all means you should have been served. Fortunately this is not the norm and I am confident that it will not happen again. Please accept my apology and contact me so that I can make it up to you. The employees did care that you were turned away, realizing their mistake and I was emailed about the situation after the staff left. In closing, I apologize for our unusual poor service and hope that you give me an opportunity to make things right. David

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