Cole Drug

Ice Cream Parlor | Soda Fountain
One of the best

NOTE: Cole Drug is now Pamida Pharmacy, but the soda fountain / lunch counter remain the same.

We sent the staff of Cole Drug into near panic when we walked into the old drug store one fine summer day a dozen years ago and ordered a Big Timber sundae. They were accustomed to making milk shakes, malts, green rivers, and root beer floats; and they even had a short repertoire of sandwiches to serve at lunch. But the Big Timber sundae was something else: the biggest ice cream dish on the menu, the top of the line: nine scoops of ice cream (your choice of flavors), six sauces (butterscotch, chocolate, strawberry, caramel, pineapple, and marshmallow), whipped cream and nuts.

“You don’t BOTH want one, do you?” asked Laurie, the mixologist behind the counter. When we told her we intended to split one, she breathed a sigh or relief, confessing that she had only one bowl big enough to hold a Big Timber sundae. “I’ve never made one in my life!” she further confessed.

Two comrades who were having lunch in one of the four booths towards the back of the pharmacy overheard our conversation and came forward to join Laurie in the momentous creation of a Big Timber. The three of them discussed, debated, and consulted with each other regarding nuances of soda-fountain technique (Must the pineapple sauce go atop the chocolate ice cream? … Should caramel sauce cover strawberry? …) and eventually designed and constructed a monumental ice cream dessert. When it was finished, they set it before us on the counter with a spoon on either side of the bowl and stood there watching with pride as we plowed into it.

If a large trough of ice cream is not on your diet when you come to the charming little town of Big Timber, the soda fountain’s “lesser” specialties are excellent, too. Among the confectionery treats are a Crazy Mountain sundae, a Big Sky Sundae, Huckleberry sundaes and milk shakes, and a Bitter Root float. That last one is root beer and chocolate syrup with vanilla ice cream: an inspired combination.

What to Eat
Cole Drug, Big Timber Sundae
Big Timber Sundae
A challenge for the serious ice cream eater!
Cole Drug, Ice Cream Soda
Ice Cream Soda
Jane orders a black and white soda wherever she can get one. She proclaimed this a winner.
Cole Drug, Huckleberry Sundae
Huckleberry Sundae
Huckleberry sundae
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday8:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday8:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday8:30am - 5:30pm
Friday8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday9am - 1pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 1289 MILES | 20 hr 1 min

A favorite snack among grizzly bears as well as humans, huckleberries grow in the high mountains of the Great Plains and ripen in late summer. They are similar to blueberries, but not quite as sweet, their wine-purple color hinting at a depth of flavor more satisfying than the richest chocolate. As a topping for ice…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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