Eva’s Dairy Cafe: ice cream from scratch

Eva Marinkovski opened Eva’s Dairy Bar in 1987. PHOTO/ALYSSA STEELE

Looking for a place to have great food and a good time? OU News Bureau reporters have visited some distinctive eateries in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties to learn more about what these places have to offer. Reporter Alyssa Steele visited Eva’s Dairy Cafe in Lake Orion and spoke with owner Eva Marinkovski.

Tell me about the history of this place.
Eva’s opened in 1987. We opened Eva’s Dairy Café because my husband got laid off and all his friends owned ice cream shops, so we decided to open one as well. When we first opened it was not only ice cream, we also served food, everything from roasted chicken, patty melts and even fish. After a few years it was just too much having a big kitchen and ice cream, so we closed the kitchen in 1998.

A longtime customer gets a homemade drumstick. PHOTO/ALYSSA STEELE

Describe what it offers patrons.
We make everything from scratch. Homemade hard ice cream, fresh fruit no syrups. People like fresh stuff. We make Boston coolers and root beer coolers. Basically, if we have the stuff, we can make it for you.

Why would someone want to come here?
I think because this is an old, established place. Everybody knows this place.

What do you do that’s different from other places like this?
The hard ice creams. We make it homemade. We have eight flavors, but one we buy because its sugar free and fat free. The other seven flavors are always the same, and we make them in house. We use to change the flavors, but customers would get mad if we did not have their flavor.

What’s the one thing everyone should order here?
The drumsticks that are made with the homemade vanilla hard ice cream as well as the cyclones, which is our take on the blizzard. Our most popular cyclone flavor is peanut butter cup and puppy chow.

How many people work here? 
About nine or 10 people per season. Mostly high schooler and some college students.

What does the future hold for this place?
Oh, gosh, I don’t know. I don’t think that far. As long as I’m healthy I’ll be here. I want my grandkids to go through here and learn the ropes of the business and how to make stuff.

Eva’s Dairy Café, 465 Park Blvd, Lake Orion, Michigan, 48362. (248) 693-7034


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