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Bauder Pharmacy

3802 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, IA - (515) 255-1124
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/19/2012 9:38:00 AM
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 drug store is a place to come for one heck of a fine cherry Coke, a Green River, or a lime phosphate. You can indulge in a turtle sundae (that's 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 main 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.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Hot Fudge Sundae
Turtle Sundae
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Green River
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You know it's summer when Bauder's offers fresh peach and fresh strawberry ice cream. Dreamy!
"You know it's summer when Bauder's offers fresh peach and fresh strawberry ice cream. Dreamy!"
Michael Stern





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'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!"
Cliff Strutz


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.
"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."
Michael Stern


Emerald green lime phosphates are a specialty of the Bauder Pharmacy soda fountain. (buffetbuster photo)
"Emerald green lime phosphates are a specialty of the Bauder Pharmacy soda fountain. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


A beautifully-made chocolate soda
"A beautifully-made chocolate soda"
Michael Stern


It is the ice cream that makes Bauder's hot fudge sundaes something special. In the summer, fudge on fresh peach ice cream is a delight. (buffetbuster photo)
"It is the ice cream that makes Bauder's hot fudge sundaes something special. In the summer, fudge on fresh peach ice cream is a delight. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


A just-made chocolate malt (buffetbuster photo)
"A just-made chocolate malt (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


For those who don't have time for a sundae, Bauder's offers pints and quarts of ice cream to go in a big case near the door.
"For those who don't have time for a sundae, Bauder's offers pints and quarts of ice cream to go in a big case near the door."
Cliff Strutz


A view behind the counter at Bauder's. In back, you can see the pharmacist at work. (buffetbuster photo)
"A view behind the counter at Bauder's. In back, you can see the pharmacist at work. (buffetbuster photo)"
Michael Stern


Iowa is one state that still has a handful of wonderful old soda fountain pharmacies. Bauder's in Des Moines is a leading light.
"Iowa is one state that still has a handful of wonderful old soda fountain pharmacies. Bauder's in Des Moines is a leading light."
Michael Stern


There is nothing especially alluring about the look of Bauder's (at least from the outside), but ice cream aficionados from near and far consider it a worthy destination.
"There is nothing especially alluring about the look of Bauder's (at least from the outside), but ice cream aficionados from near and far consider it a worthy destination."
Michael Stern



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