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lisalevi Jul 10, 2008 03:33 PM

Does anyone know where to get some yummy water ice like Rita's back east. Or Ices Queen in Brooklyn? This summer is too darn hot without something smooth and cold like that. My mouth will be watering while I wait for an answer. Thanks.

  1. Homero Jul 10, 2008 04:22 PM

    If you are talking about what I think you are talking about, try Jim Jim's. You can do a google search for them. They are located on 6th street, but they also sell at the Triangle Farmers market on Wednesday evenings. Although its not water ice, I like Casey's New Orleans Snowballs on 51st at Airport.

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      MyySharona Jul 11, 2008 12:47 AM

      How is it I've lived here for a year and not been told about Casey's New Orleans Snoballs??? Maybe it has to do with my living so far NW. I've been craving snoballs like I used to get at home and now I can't wait to go and get one tomorrow.
      Now my only problem will be deciding between my flavors: Chocolate with condensed milk, spearmint, or 1/2 pina colada and 1/2 watermelon. Choices, choices! So excited!!!

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        sighmesigh Jul 11, 2008 07:27 AM

        You will not be disappointed in your Casey's snowball. They taste just like the snowballs I grew up eating in Biloxi. They are the real thing. Spearmint mmmmmmmmmmm.

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          MyySharona Jul 16, 2008 06:03 PM

          Just as a quick update, I finally went to Casey's today and got a chocolate snoball with condensed milk. It was perfect. The ice wasn't as fine as shaved ice, but not so hard that it slices the roof of your mouth like a sno-cone. It held the syrup without getting hard but didn't melt into a puddle, either. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Totally worth the drive for me. Can't wait to try the other flavors. And I do believe I saw Tiger's Blood on the list.

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        scoutaustin Jul 10, 2008 04:37 PM

        Hmmm........could that be what we texans call an "Icee"..........???

        http://www.icee.com/

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          Donko Jul 11, 2008 04:06 PM

          What you're looking for is Jim Jim's. Similar to Rita's. There's also another place on the drag called Slices and Ices, but I'm not sure if they're good or not. Stick w/ Jim Jim's. Casey's is totally different and in my opinion doesn't come anywhere close to water ice or "Italian ice"

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            americanadian Jul 13, 2008 12:17 PM

            It's not water ice but there's a decent snow cone stand in a parking lot on South Lamar at Heather. It's usually parked here: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=austin&...

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              chub512 Jul 14, 2008 07:35 AM

              there was a fellow selling water ice at the farmer's market downtown on saturday.

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                Allison L. Jul 14, 2008 08:56 AM

                That's Jim Jim's as well. They are at the farmer's market on Saturday morning downtown, and Wednesday afternoon at the triangle.

                Here's another thread with more talk on this subject:
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/444840

              2. rudeboy Jul 18, 2008 06:59 AM

                My wife is from Philadelphia - she grew up on real italian water ice. She abhors "snow cones," as they aren't at all the same. She declared Jim Jim's "okay." We haven't gone to Slices and Ices yet.....on the drag.

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                  toripowell Jul 20, 2008 01:54 PM

                  if anyone DOES decide to go sno-cone, the stand on Guadalupe just a few blocks north of Wheatsville offers a jillion flavors, really generous servings, umbrellas for while you hang out, and no corn syrup.

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