Johnson's Real Ice Cream


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Innovative ice-cream flavors such as Sugar Daddies’ salty-caramel swirls, brownie bits & nuts fill creamery in original 1950 location

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Promotional value expires Oct 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for the purchase of food and ice cream fountain items. Not valid for pints, quarts, or half gallons. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$5 for $10 Worth of Ice Cream and Deli Fare

Ice cream, in innovative flavors such as red velvet or caramel- and nut-laden Sugar Daddies, starts at $2.45, sundaes start at $3.45, and sandwiches start at $3.55.

Johnson's Real Ice Cream

As a fourth-generation owner of Johnson's Real Ice Cream, Matt Wilcoxon is proud to distribute ice-cream flavors to more than 300 restaurants, help mastermind flavors with local companies, and avoid being locked in the ice-cream freezer again. Back when he was 12 and cleaning tables, “I was the one the employees always picked on,” he recalls. On a particularly creative night, the teenage staff hosed him down and shut him in the freezer. “I find it funny now,” Matt says chuckling.

Despite a trial-by-fire beginning, Matt knew during college that he wanted to run the family business. “We have always been Columbus' original homemade ice cream company with an emphasis on quality ingredients and staying true to my family roots with many of the original family recipes,” he says. At the store—still in its original 1950s location and still using the family's original recipes—diners snack on classic and innovative flavors such as salty caramel chocolate pretzel, chocolate fudge brownie, and Buckeye fever. Some flavors are now also sold in select Kroger grocery stores. An expansive outdoor patio welcomes diners with 50 seats, and bands croon sweet tunes in temperate weather. The shop also offers deli sandwiches, catering services, and wholesaling opportunities.

Customer Reviews

Never had lunch there before always ice cream will definitely go back very good
Albert K. · April 28, 2015
Johnson's Real Ice Cream is a family owned local business. Their ice cream is the best. I definitely recommended a visit, it will be a real treat.
Gayla P. · March 20, 2015
Johnson's is an awesome locally owned business! Their ice cream is the best!
Lisa K. · February 24, 2015
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    2728 E Main St

    Columbus, OH 43209


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