Cliff’s Dairy Maid

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Ice Cream Parlor
Worth a return

Since it opened in 1975, Cliff’s has become a choice part of the landscape along Route 46 in Ledgewood, New Jersey, just a hop off I-80. It is a modest-sized drive-in with a large parking lot and a grove of picnic tables in back. Its claim to fame is ice cream. It’s thick and creamy, but not so butterfatty to preclude two scoops or three one evening, then crave a skyscraper cone the next day.

Hard ice cream flavor range from the familiar to such extravaganzas as Graham Central Station, Sticky Buns, Holy Cannoli, and Double Dark Chocolate Fudge Crunch. Cliff’s also boasts a half dozen kinds of soft-serve. The ones I have sampled are dense and rich, although not as full-flavored as they feel.

Beyond ice cream, Cliff’s has a familiar drive-in menu of hot dogs and hamburgers as well as grilled cheese and chicken breast sandwiches. I’ve had a foot-long hot dog and the 5-ounce Big Bud Burger, which, while not in the top rank of New Jersey drive-in eats, are altogether agreeable preludes to an afternoon’s ice cream orgy.

What to Eat
Cliff’s Dairy Maid, Foot Long Texas Wiener
Foot Long Texas Wiener
Texas foot-long topped with peppery chili and sweet grilled onions
Cliff’s Dairy Maid, Ice Cream
Ice Cream
Bavarian Creame Raspberry Truffle atop Graham Central Station.
Cliff’s Dairy Maid, Big Bud Cheeseburger
Big Bud Cheeseburger
The burger starts frozen, but sucks in enough smoky flavor as it cooks to become agreeable drive-in fare.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 10pm
Monday12pm - 10pm
Tuesday12pm - 10pm
Wednesday12pm - 10pm
Thursday12pm - 10pm
Friday12pm - 10pm
Saturday12pm - 10pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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