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Am craving really good ice cream or an ice-cream-based dessert!!

Haven't had ice cream in several months, and rarely crave it. BUT I AM NOW!!!

Hounds, please help.

Where can I find really good ice cream, gelato (but not frozen yogurt or anything that pretends or tries to be healthful) *or* a delicious ice-cream based dessert?

Would prefer having it out, just because I feel like exploring Austin more, but am also curious what you feel are the best supermarket brands these days.

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  1. If you've never had one, I highly recommend a frozen custard. In Austin, I head to Culver's (two locations, one south one north.) Get a concrete, which is frozen custard (I go for chocolate) mixed with a candy/fruit/nut of your choice blizzard-style. Rich, creamy, amazing.

    1. Personally, I like Sandy's for a good burger and frozen custard. I haven't had a chance to get there in a couple years, but it was always tasty in the past. However, you pretty much have to get it "out" because aside from a few picnic tables in the back, there is no where to eat it at. Btw, walk next door to Whataburger and get a real straw, otherwise you may pop a blood vessel in your head trying to get that stuff through their sadistically small straws.

      I think Amy's Ice Cream is pretty good stuff, definitely rich, and is in several locations around town. Most of the chains have locations in town as well if you like any of those.

      As for a really good ice cream based dessert, I'm interested in seeing what other people suggest, because I can't think of any off of the top of my head.

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      1. re: craveytrain

        I was surprised to find out that Sandy's makes their custard from a Borden's mix. Seems a little lame for a place with "custard" in its name.

        I think my favorite ice creams in town are the gelati at Whole Foods and at Teo on 38th St.

      2. Thanks LakeLBJ and craveytrain, I hadn't considered Frozen Custard!

        Should have put this in base note - both times I've been to Amy's ice cream, I didn't like it. I tasted something like a chemical taste, and literally didn't want more than 2 bites. However, I have enjoyed Phil's Ice House for burgers (adjoining Amy's on Burnet Road)

        1. I also do not like Amy's. In fact the only ice cream I liked in Austin is the one by Godiva. Their chocolate and raspberries ice cream is great. As for going out - I did not manage to find an ice cream place I like yet. I'm really curious about other people's suggestions though.

          1. It sounds like this is a special treat for you.
            If so, why not splurge.
            Musashino will take their vanilla ice cream, wrap it in pound cake, batter and fry it tempura style, and serve it with whipped cream, nuts, coffee beans and a brandy sauce.
            I think it is about $10

            1. How about one of the Ben & Jerry's scoop shops? The one at 5th and Lamar is run by LifeWorks, a local shelter for homeless youth, and the ice cream is great.

              1. You can get pretty good gelato at Mandola's Italian Market in The Triangle.

                1. Go to a movie at The Alamo. Get their $5 Espresso milkshake. It's the best milkshake I've ever had. It comes in a giant 20+ oz glass with a wide diameter straw, and is to die for.

                  Not sure if it's made from Amy's or not, if that's an issue for you, but I loved it.

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                  1. re: skechada

                    I was going to suggest the same thing! I personally get the chocolate milkshake and add malt -- I'm fairly certain that they use Amy's ice cream, though (I don't find their ice cream particularly objectionable). I love the candied sunflower seeds they put on top!

                  2. The Whole Foods Market on N. Lamar has good gelato in my opinion, although I can't claim to be well versed in gelato matters. The peanut butter flavor is my favorite by far, but they also have a pomegranate flavor I've been dying to try. I'm also a big fan of The Marble Slab (they're everywhere, just MapQuest it) for ice cream. I usually get the cheesecake ice cream with crushed oreo mix-ins... it's awesome!

                    1. I'm really depressed that the Scholtsky's on South Lamar offers Carvel ice cream, but not their ice cream cakes. I really wanted to present a "Whale of a Dad" ice cream cake to DH for his birthday. Or maybe Cookie Puss...

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                      1. re: Hsien_Ko

                        I agree about Amy's being just so-so. I like Coldstone Creamery for regular ice cream and Culver's for the frozen custard. A must try if you haven't yet.... Culver's has a caramel cashew sundae that is heavenly. On another note, they also have excellent "butter burgers"!

                      2. TEO TEO TEO!! Fresh ingredients, creamy, with bright, clean flavors. There's no frozen dessert in Austin that compares. My favorite is the peanut butter nutella, but I try to mix it up. They're happy to offer samples, too. Locally-owned, and you can sometimes spot the employees running across 38th street to bring gelato to patients at Seton. I'll splurge and bring a container to a dinner party sometimes and the hosts are always grateful. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it... gotta go get some!