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Jun 15, 2012 08:01 AM

Ice Cream / Gelato in downtown Austin?

Will be in Austin for a few days, and would like your recommendations for ice cream or gelato places.

Having done a bit of quick research, are my best bets Amy's and Rita's, and maybe Berry Austin for frozen yogurt?

Not interested in food trucks (i.e. Coolhaus).

Thanks for any insights.

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  1. there are the coolhaus trucks on 6th most days.

    1. I would recommend Lick. It's on South Lamar so it's a little ways from downtown but easy if you have a car.

      For gelato, I would look at Teo's, Dolce Vita or the Whole Foods Flagship store downtown.

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      1. re: ssouth

        2nd on Lick. Wowie, their ice cream is great. My faves so far: the cilantro lime, and the grapefruit ginger.

        1. re: malarkey

          Thanks to you both, ssouth and malarkey.

          Sounds like Lick is it.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            iirc, rita's is an italian ice chain, which also has soft serve.
            they just opened one up here in the nw, and it's nothing special.

            my recommendation is also for lick, or the whole foods flagship.

            1. re: dinaofdoom

              I'll nth the Lick recommendation for ice cream, and second dinaofdoom's Whole Foods Flagship recommendation for gelato.

              1. re: Optimista

                We enjoyed Lick's. Thanks to everyone for the rec.

                Mexican Marigold, Spicy Coconut with peanuts and Honeyed Peaches were outstanding.

                Orange chocolate and Salted Caramel were a bit of a letdown (the former because it's probably so played out by so many different purveyors).

                Good times all around.

      2. I'm a tad interested in the basis for the food truck aversion, but there's one pumping out home made vanilla bean strawberry shortcake with home made pound cake and beautiful local sourced berries that kills just kills that classic dessert (and that dish is weekends only): recent thread with pic: One block north of Barton Springs Road and Jessie St.

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        1. re: slowcoooked

          i also recommend the ice creams at thai fresh on 5th and mary. made from scratch, really interesting flavors.

          1. re: slowcoooked

            I'm a tad interested in the basis for the food truck aversion

            Need a place to sit.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              There are a few places to sit at Lick, but it's small and when I've been there it's been busy. Also I seem to be in the minority in being a bit underwhelmed by Lick; I think CoolHaus actually has much tastier ice cream.

            2. re: slowcoooked

              ice cream social, the place you mention, has a groupon deal today:


              1. re: dinaofdoom

                Oh good find dinaofdoom! We went today to get our second helping of the strawberry shortcake and their shortcake provider shut down and called them just this morning. We still enjoyed mixed berries with what is probably the best vanilla bean homemade icecream in town. so solid.

                1. re: dinaofdoom

                  thanks i grabbed the groupon tonight.

                  1. re: nytexan

                    I went to Ice cream social. Very nice woman but the ice cream is just not that good. If I want artisinal ice cream I'll go to Lick. In addition to not loving the flavors I don't think it was frozen quickly enough, it was kinda crumbly and overly icey. I hope she works the bugs out.

                    1. re: nytexan

                      they have had a "groupon now" deal for the past few days, too.
                      $5 for $8 for use between 11 am and 9 pm.
                      FYI: f you buy a groupon now deal and don't use it, they refund you.
                      but, it can take a week or so.