Hodgie's Ice Cream
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|Specialties:||Kid Friendly, Date Night, Lunch, Dinner|
|Category:||Ice Cream Restaurants|
The opening of Hodgie's Ice Cream, usually in early- to mid-April, is a sign in the Merrimack Valley that summer is around the corner. The small, unassuming structure on Route 110 in Amesbury is suddenly surrounded, day and night, by cars and lines that stretch into the parking lot.
Hodgie's is famous for two things: selection and serving size. Its ice cream menu includes regional favorites such as Grapenut, buttercrunch and banana; classics such as chocolate chip, M&M, French vanilla and cookies & cream; and a revolving selection of specialty flavors, including ginger, grasshopper and Kahlua chip.
All ice creams are made on the premises, but the soft serve frozen yogurt is made elsewhere. Also available are floats, frappes, lime rickeys, strawberry shortcake, sundaes, and the colossal Hodgie's Special.
Hodgie's ice cream cones are known for being gigantic: the 1/4-kiddie is only the second smallest size available. A one-scoop serving costs $3.30, and even that size is still at least two cups worth of ice cream!
In case ice cream isn't enough of a meal for you, the window on the far right side of the building serves burgers, fries, fish sandwiches and hot dogs. The servers (honor students from the area) are friendly, helpful, and good at math: all orders are taken and totals calculated on pads of paper!
71 Haverhill Road, Amesbury, MA, 01913 map
From I-95 N:Take exit 58B (Amesbury, Rte. 110 W). Follow Route 110 W for 2.7 miles. Hodgie's will be on your right.
From I-95 S: Merge onto I-495 S via exit 59 (toward Worcester). Follow directions below.
From I-495: Take exit 54 (Amesbury, Rte. 150). Keep right at the fork to go onto Route 150. Turn sharp left onto Haverhill Road (Route 110). Follow for .6 mile; Hodgie's will be on your right.
- Be prepared to wait in line! Avoiding the 'evening rush' by going earlier in the day would just take away from the Hodgie's experience.
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