My son LOVES popsicles so while we are visiting Austin at the end of March, I promised him we would find some good ones. Any paleta shops or carts that are reccomended? I'm thinking of locopops in Raleigh type places....or if any locally made ones are sold at markets...
I have not tried them, but take a look at Good Pops:
This is an older story from the Austin Chronicle, but it's still interesting background:
If I ever buy one, it's from one of these pushcart vendors. I have seen one or two out on the street already.
our work cafeteria carries them.
they are pricey (possible mark up on the part of our company) but they are delicious.
i have tried a mango with chile, a cucumber, and a tamarind.
borntoeat, it's too bad austin's beloved casey's snowballs won't be open, because they are a real treat.
soft and fluffy shaved ice, home made and lovingly prepared flavors.
there used to be a paleteria i went to, that has since closed, that had lovely parfaits made with sweetened mexican crema and strawberries.
definitely a treat for you and your son, so if you see some in your travels, give it a go!
Good Pops are quite tasty, although they never have the horchata flavor. When my son was a baby 4 years ago, there was a great place called La Paletera that had really good paletas we grew addicted to. Then all of the Austin locations closed. I don't like the paletas from the carts as they all seem to have cucumber water as a base.
El Chilito sells paletas.There are two locations: one on Manor Road on the East side and another on Congress near 9th Street. Not sure whether they make them on premises or not.
I don't know what a "Raleigh-type-place" is, but I'd recommend the wonderful Mexican popsicles at "Las Delicias", 8120 Research Blvd; a block west of Lamar Blvd along the southbound access road of Research Blvd at Anderson Square behind Hobby Lobby. This self-described "paleteria y neveria" is tucked in a shopping center that includes the MUCH easier-to-spot "Cap City Comedy Club". "Las Delicias" also dispatches bell-jingling, cart-pushing vendors throughout the nearby north Austin neighborhoods, and I'm a regular customer. My favorites are vanilla, banana, coconut, and strawberry.
I love Goodpops! You can find them at Wheatsville or in their little trailer on Barton Springs between S. 1st & S. Lamar. Delicious paletas, all natural ingredients.