The chowpup has a hankering lately for strawberry ice cream, but has a hard time with hard ice cream, so I've been searching out places that offer strawberry soft serve North of Boston.
First we tried Dairy Dome in Stoneham. I generally like Dairy Dome's soft serve, and they have some sort of flavor system that lets them do over 20 flavors of soft serve. The strawberry was fine. They also have tables inside and outside so it's a nice place to sit and eat.
Today we stopped at Dairy Maid in Everett and their version blew Dairy Dome out of the water. A sprinkling of strawberry seeds in the ice cream makes me pretty sure this is made from real strawberries, and it tasted fantastic. Vanilla soft serve was fine. They also offer coffee soft serve (only other place I've seen that is at Dairy Delight in Malden, and Dairy Dome, with the flavor system flavors). They also offer pistachio soft serve, which I've never seen anywhere else (except, again, the flavor system at Dairy Dome). Only downside to Dairy Maid is there's no tables or chairs, so you either have to hunker down on the filthy curb, or eat in the car. Still, I know I'll be heading back there again soon for more!