Guide To Ice Cream Shops In Austin Texas
It's about time to start eating lots of ice cream as Austin's brutal summer is drawing nigh.
Amy's sets a pretty high bar but I quit going there after reading this
Is there another source for home grown ice cream in Austin?
If not, what is your favorite shop where you can run in and get a scoop without breaking the bank?
Big bonus points if they have managed to capture a coconut and work it into the flavor profile.
I personally stopped going to Amy's years ago, not because they hate food trailers, but because their ice cream sucks. Way too heavy and it is the last thing I want sitting like a brick in my gut on a hot day. Its seems to fall in the line of insane richness = automatic greatness.
Give me some good gelato or natural vanilla bean blue bell (only one without HCFS) any day. Teo over on 35th has some good gelato, but I stopped going there after knowing several counter workers/baristas that have very unfavorable words for the owner.
1206 W 38th St, Austin, TX 78705
Amy's is one of those places your supposed to love just because it's "austin-y", not necessarily because it's good. While I wouldn't go so far as to say it sucks (for me), it certainly isn't anything memorable. I remember moving here and someone saying how great it was. When I gave it a "meh" review, man, the glares I got...!
The standard for me was cold stone before they tried to franchise the world - I grew up in tempe back when they were a local shop - except they were truly great back then - sweet cream with pie crusts. Man, that was good.
I do go to Amy's but mostly because I don't have any alternative... marble slab isn't close to me, although I do like the fact that the one location has apple pie that I can add to my ice cream (back to the whole pie crusts thing). That gets me thinking - is there even another ice cream store besides marble slab and amy's? I've been eating gelato as of late so, I have no idea...
Amy's could do themselves a favor and freeze or make the piece of plastic they mix everything on COLD so it's not all melty and runny when I get it... Never understood why they didn't do that. Made that suggestion once and the explanation I got was "too expensive".
If you want good gelato, and don't mind price, whole foods actually has some great gelato, especially their nut ones, such as pistachio (the nuts are roasted on site). What I wish we had is a good Ben and Jerry's, like we used to have. I'm actually friends with the daughter of the guy who owns all of the ones in san antonio, and he wants to open here again. Keep your fingers crossed
when i moved here from boston, i was baffled by amy's ice cream.
it seemed very much like boston's jp licks, right down to the cow motif.
i recall reading that the founder of jp licks was an initial investor, so that explains it.
i don't care for amy's because it's too expensive and too heavy.
bostonians eat a LOT of ice cream, even in the dead of winter.
but now that i moved here, i eat it maybe once a year.
and, it's usually a pint of some non-chocolate ben and jerry's from HEB.
still haven't figured out the bluebell love.
it's got waaaaaay too much overrun for me.
i don't indulge too often but when i do, i like%3
central market's gelatos (do both locations still have them? it's been a while)
whole foods' gelatos (the vegan ones are interesting and good for the lactose intolerents)
casey's sno balls (omg, these are soooooo good).
i boycott teo's because a friend had a horrific working experience there.
i don't give my money to douchebags.
Reviving this old 'chef thread to give a well deserved outstanding rating for the new little Michoacana ice cream shop in the strip center next to Taco More and across from the Valero on Parkfield / Rutland. The yelp reviews were 4.5 stars so we checked it out today. I had the very coconutty coconut - delicious and packed to the gills with coconut. a small is 1.75. She had the pecan (very fine ground loaded with pecans and the nicest couple that runs the place asks you to try their flavors. Rum raisin is killer too. Pine nut is also great. Unique. They have agua frescas, a bunch of fruit popsicles that look fantastic. if you go to taco more, you must stop in and try some, at least. open late too. even sundays. they also have nachos that look like the ballpark variety. but I bet better. probably about 20 ice cream flavors.
Don't know if they made it or bought it, but I had a scoop of goat cheese gelato with cherries at Lavazza today that was awfully good. BTW the salami, provolone, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, and arugula baguette was no slouch either.