On a warm summer night, you’ll find what seems like all of Missoula mingling together under the Big Dipper’s distinctive neon sign, chatting while waiting in line, sharing sundaes at the outdoor picnic tables, trying to choose between white mint Oreo and maple walnut ice cream. The community aspect of this little ice cream hut is almost as noteworthy as its innovative flavors and fragrant waffle cones. This local institution, currently marking its 20th anniversary, deserves some sort of special celebration. We suppose that means more than a trip to its own counter for a Salted Starship Brownie.
631 S. Higgins Ave •
Finalists, Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
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420 N. Higgins Ave, #D •
1220 SW Higgins Ave, #1 •