Bauder Pharmacy

Ice Cream Parlor | Pharmacy Lunch Counter | Sandwich Shop | Soda Fountain
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Bauder’s ice cream is famous in Iowa, especially so among people who attend the annual state fair, where it is a highlight of the endlessly good grazing grounds near the show pavilion. Year around, the pharmacy is a place to come for a cherry Coke, a Green River, or a lime phosphate. You can indulge in a turtle sundae (caramel, nuts and hot fudge topping), as well as shakes, malts, sodas, and floats of every stripe. All the ice cream treats are made from Bauder’s own ice cream, the flavor rotation of which includes fresh strawberry and peach in the summer months.

Ice cream is Bauder’s claim to fame, but it is also a nice place for a sandwich: cold cuts, hot Reubens and fried eggs, or a “Roosevelt Special” of turkey, Swiss and mustard on a long roll.

The nostalgic reverberations of this old drug store take you back to an America that long predates modern franchised restaurants. Continue reading

Bauder’s ice cream is famous in Iowa, especially so among people who attend the annual state fair, where it is a highlight of the endlessly good grazing grounds near the show pavilion. Year around, the pharmacy is a place to come for a cherry Coke, a Green River, or a lime phosphate. You can indulge in a turtle sundae (caramel, nuts and hot fudge topping), as well as shakes, malts, sodas, and floats of every stripe. All the ice cream treats are made from Bauder’s own ice cream, the flavor rotation of which includes fresh strawberry and peach in the summer months.

Ice cream is Bauder’s claim to fame, but it is also a nice place for a sandwich: cold cuts, hot Reubens and fried eggs, or a “Roosevelt Special” of turkey, Swiss and mustard on a long roll.

The nostalgic reverberations of this old drug store take you back to an America that long predates modern franchised restaurants. Ice cream became part of the pharmacy repertoire shortly after World War II, when it was hand-cranked up front in the window where passers-by could watch.

Dishes to try
Bauder Pharmacy, Hot Fudge Sundae
Hot Fudge Sundae
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Bauder Pharmacy's peppermint ice cream bars are legendary at the Iowa State Fair. They don't sell them at the store, but the young man working the soda fountain suggested I try a peppermint sundae with hot fudge sauce, which he called the next best thing!
Bauder Pharmacy, Chocolate Malt
Chocolate Malt
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A just-made chocolate malt (buffetbuster photo)
Bauder Pharmacy, Ice Cream
Ice Cream
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You know it's summer when Bauder's offers fresh peach and fresh strawberry ice cream. Dreamy!
Bauder Pharmacy, Chocolate Soda
Chocolate Soda
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A beautifully-made chocolate soda
Bauder Pharmacy, Turtle Sundae
Turtle Sundae
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I'm not sure why, but turtle sundaes are always better in the heartland. There is nothing spectacular about this one, except for its perfection.
Bauder Pharmacy, Peppermint ice cream
Peppermint ice cream
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When I was there before the holidays, locals were coming in one after the other and leaving with multiple quarts of peppermint ice cream. Evidently it is a tradition in Des Moines.
Bauder Pharmacy, Peppermint bar
Peppermint bar
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Bauder's famous peppermint bar is available at the pharmacy year round, but there is nothing like indulging in one at the Iowa State Fair.
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Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 5pm
Monday8:30am - 6pm
Tuesday8:30am - 6pm
Wednesday8:30am - 6pm
Thursday8:30am - 6pm
Friday8:30am - 6pm
Saturday9am - 5pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 39 min total driving
6 stops | 3 hr 59 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
No
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