If you're expecting any reviews of gourmet restaurants you've probably come to the wrong place in this blog. I mean, if I ever happen to go to one I'll let you know, but I've just never liked the idea of taking a second mortgage to get some meal in a pretentious eatery. My idea of fancy is Olive Garden when they put one of those $3 off coupons in the papers and I don't have to wait more than 30 minutes for a table. The typical dining experience for my wife and I is a turn through the drive-thru window at Pollo Loco and eating at home so we don't have to pay for overpriced sodas. Call me cheap if you want, but I'll say okay so what. I know what I like.
In my adult years, after I had hit the road touring with a stage production, Dairy Queen became a regular stop for me and my family. There is high concentration of Dairy Queens all through the midwest. During the '80's Dairy Queen added more choices to an already prolific menu. The Blizzard was a real coup. The Blizzard is a cup of the famous DQ soft serve ice cream with mix-ins added such as M & M's, Butterfinger, or Oreo Cookies -- refreshment with the candy flavors eaten with a spoon. Many other fast food chains have added similar treats, but Dairy Queen was a pioneer in the science of mix-ins. It's a darn nice treat for kids and adults alike on a sweltering summer afternoon.
However, the Dairy Queen treats are the real food royalty here--it's not called Dairy Queen for nothing. Besides the usual cones, sundaes, and shakes, you find many sweet treats to titilate the particular palate. I've already mentioned the Blizzard, but it's worth mentioning twice. There is DQ's version of the Icee or Slushee called the Arctic Rush-- a sweet fruity slushed ice concoction that can result in lethal brain freeze if consumed too quickly. Many Dairy Queens offer specialties like ice cream cakes for your special occasions. And there are the popular treats on a stick like the Dilly Bar, ice cream in a flavored candy shell, and the Buster Bar, a peanut and fudge sundae on a stick.
You might find better ice cream at other places and the fast food at DQ might not be to everyone's liking, but if you're trying to keep your spending down Dairy Queen works pretty well. Kids and teens like Dairy Queen and most adults do as well. If you're taking the family or the little league team or what have you out for a dinner or a treat that won't break your bank account, then try Dairy Queen if you're not already hooked on this American tradition.
By the way, I do not work for Dairy Queen, nor do I own stock in nor have I been paid by Dairy Queen. This is merely my opinion that I'm tossing out to you. If you've got an opinion you would like to express then toss it back.