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The Great Ice Cream Debate: Dairy Del vs. Dairy Kastle

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It’s the annual great ice cream debateDairy Del vs. Dairy Kastle. Both seasonal walk-up ice cream shops serve up classic summertime favorites — shakes, sundaes, chili dogs + nachos — but Louisvillians are more split than a banana split when it comes to which one is the best.

Both local legends close in November for the winter season, so if you haven’t pledged allegiance to either one there’s still time to pick a side.


Outside of Dairy Del | Photo by @dairydel

#TeamDairyDel is certainly the triple scoop heavyweight, boasting a drive-thru, free pup cups + deep fried food options. Located in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood, people in the Dairy Del corner come for the ice cream and stay for the neon lights.


Chocolate dipped cone | Photo by @theresaeats.lou

On the other hand, those on #TeamDairyKastlealbeit cash-onlystand behind the vegan options, an Instagram account dedicated to the dogs of Dairy Kastle, and specialties like the Fat Elvis shake + fireman’s sundae. Located only 1 mile away in the St. Joseph neighborhood, Dairy Kastle has a friendly, mid-70s atmosphere that keeps people coming back.

Here at LOUtoday, we’re divided. Sarah is team Dairy Kastle, while Katie is team Dairy Del. Tune in tomorrow on Instagram as we do a blind tasting of two favorites — a classic sundae + chili dog — and settle the debate once and for all.


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