Stepping into Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant in Dania Beach is like stepping into a time capsule of Americana.

The rustic interior has been the signature at this South Florida institution since the 1960s. That’s when late owner Monroe Udell started to display his immense collection of antiques and license plates from across the country.

The eclectic decor has only grown in size over the years and it’s one of the reasons families keep coming back.

Another reason is the food.

Jaxson’s is known for delicious ice cream. Dozens of flavors with names like Tropical Coconut, Rum Raisin, and Fudge Ripple are made in-house everyday using the same methods that have been used for decades. While you can order a simple scoop in a dish or cone, most regulars opt for a Colossal Parfait, a Spectacular Goblet, Banana Split, or Hot Fudge Sundae.

Hot fudge sundae with Rocky Road and Mint Chocolate Chip.

Hot fudge sundae with Rocky Road and Mint Chocolate Chip.

Varieties of ice cream and toppings are endless. A fan favorite only available to parties of four or more continues to be Jaxson’s Original Kitchen Sink – a gargantuan sundae topped with sparklers and accompanied by an old-fashioned siren.

The restaurant is also a popular lunch and dinner spot serving up large portions of comfort food. (You can’t go wrong with Jaxson’s Titanic Burger, one of the Hot Diggity Dogs, a hot deli sandwich or a gourmet platter.) The best part of all is that you get a bowl of freshly-popped pop-corn while waiting for your food!

And if you’re looking for that vintage brand of candy you haven’t seen in years, it’s probably at Jaxson’s in the candy shop. You’re guaranteed to take something home. Even hand packed ice cream, which is available by the heaping pint or a heaping quart!