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Jul 30, 2008 07:46 PM

Snow cones in Texas - Best ones???

Oh my, I never knew the beauty of a true snow cone until the other day when I had my first, yes, first Texas snow cone. And it's no wonder! Like the corny dog, which I ate my first of last year... the snow cone was invented right here in Dallas, and sold at the Texas state fair.

Is anyone with me on this? Transplants to Texas... did you know what you were missing out on?

So, where is the best place to get a snow cone? The other day I had my first from a little booth in Keller. Jawlocking cherry and watermelon. Delicious! Nothing like the little balls of crunchy ice I've had elsewhere.

A true delight. Texas... you keep amazing me!

-- K

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  1. Keykey,

    If you want a more shaved ice kind of snow cone then try out the Hawaiian Shaved Ice stands that are located throughout the metroplex and they are a franchise I believe.

    Since I grew up in Irving I only know three places.

    Texas Cone Heads at Beltline and Pioneer (NEQ). I went here the most as a kid. Flavors were made in house, didn't skimp on the flavoring, had the option of a cream topping added to each flavor, and the cones were generally larger. - 3403 W. Pioneer Dr., Irving, 75061

    MC's Snow Cones on Hwy 183 (Airport Freeway) and MacArthur in front of the Carnival Food Store - this place has won best snow cone in the metroplex for several years in the Dallas Observer (for whatever that is worth). I think it was more of convenience that won the award for this place. I preferred Texas Cone Heads! - 1103 W Airport Freeway, Irving, 75062.

    Not sure of the Name but there is one on Story Road just south of Hwy 183 (Airport Freeway) before you hit Grauwyler Rd in the Plymouth Park North parking lot next to San Diego's Tacos. 1601 N. Story Rd, Irving, 75061
    (btw San Diego's Tacos has some of the best carne asada tacos in town and very in expensive, if you want a meal get the Carne Asada Burrito - still yet to be beat)

    Not sure if it is still there but a fourth snow cone stand on Story Rd just off Shady Grove in far S. Irving had a great shop that was in the parking lot of Cliff's Donuts/Burger Station. 2433 W. Shady Grove, Irving, 75060 - 972-790-2511. Also the Sonic in that area is famous b/c most of the taping for the commercials is done there.

    Also I googled snow cones in Irving and got this place - more of a candy store but they do have snow cones. This is an unverified rec so if it is bad I am just warning you.

    For a different treat that is common in areas where there is a large hispanic population the paletera. I am not sure where you are from so I do not know if they had these in the area you came from
    La Paletera on Beltline and south of 183 (actually on the NEC of Willow Creek and Beltline). It is more fruit cups with ice cream or frozen fruit bars with more tropical flavors than you find at the grocery store

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    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

      i will totally check out some of these places as soon as i get back from wedding and honeymoon! i'll be haven't some sweet h'orderves at my pool party reception, then flying to orlando and hitting up disneyworld! i'll be sure to post about my wedding and florida culinary adventures!

    2. Stella's Snowcones in Oak Cliff were the stuff of legends....just off the corner of Marlborough and Clarenden.....anyone know if it is still in operation ??

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      1. re: pinotho

        I bet you are talking about Aunt Stelle's Snow Cones. And yes, they are still in business.

        1. re: DFWGuy

          Aunt Stelle's is legendary in the Oak Cliff area.....even as an Irvingnite I heard about Aunt Stelle's. Thanks DFWGuy for adding that landmark! If I remember correctly it is on Clarendon.

          2002 W Clarendon Dr
          Dallas, 75208

          Also on Clarendon is Don Panza - one of the only Argentinian restuarants in the metroplex. The owner and his family are so nice I just have to recommend them. The empanadas are also tasty if you can get them before they sell out!

          1. re: DFWGuy

            Used to go to Aunt Stelle's in the '60s. In '51 or '52 my Dad took me round the corner to the Ice House at 12th & Tyler (Southland) and they'd shave ice into a cup for us. Which brings me to: Is 7-11 #1 still at Edgefield and 12Th St. And what happened to Syble's on Fort Worth Cut- off? I've been gone for awhile.

            1. re: animemom

              animemom : I believe the 7-11 @ 12th. and Edgefield is still going strong ; as you probably know , that location is the original store for the chain . No such luck for Sivil's Drive-In on the Ft.Worth Cutoff. It has been gone quite some time now....I think they store trailers (as in 18 wheeler trailers) there now . A sad end for such a unique place that was once featured in Life Magazine .

              1. re: animemom

                The building is still at Edgefield and 12Th St, but 7-11 has been gone from there for a very long time. It is now ULAC.

          2. Snowcones and corndogs are the two foods my little one's gotten hooked on since we moved to Texas a couple years ago. He's been insisting I try a snowcone too, so I finally did. I figured it would be like eating bland ice, just like I remembered, but figured I'd humor him. You are right--it was a very different experience than I remembered! Canyon has 3 snowcone places, plus one that only goes to special events (and they take it to my boy's preschool/camp). I've noticed that the way the ice is shaved is different. I prefer the stop where the ice bits are so small, it's almost like a slushy. All of them pour on plenty of flavor, which is generally not too sweet and seems to stick to the ice better than I expected. Oh, the joys of low expectations.

            1. The Snow Cone stand on Business 77 in Waxahachie (yes, Waxahachie) is wonderful. They've got 75+ flavors and use the Hawaiian styled shavers that provide great consistency.

              1. I'll third Aunt Stelle's I used drive all the way down from Plano just to get one, when I lived up that way. One of the things that sets them apart is that they have their own ice plant on premises, most of your, on the corner shops, buy their ice and just store it. It really does make a difference in the quality and how fresh the taste is.