Food & Drink

The best spots for frozen treats in Austin. One of them serves bacon ice cream.

Published On 06/06/2013 Published On 06/06/2013
Coolhaus ice cream sandwich
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1. Lick Ice Creams 1100 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

Lick is a hip ice cream shop in Zilker offering a variety of unique flavors from its bustling outpost on South Lamar (there is also a second location in San Antonio). Expect flavors like Breakfast Bacon, Cilantro Lime, and Corn Cobbler. Lick sources all of its ingredients locally, using herbs from local farmers and milk from a local, organic dairy farm in Central Austin in its seasonally-changing ice cream flavors.

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2. Rita's Ice Custard 2828 1/2 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (Utwest Campus)

Brought to Texas by two general contractors who loved the Northeastern frozen-treats chain as kids in Philly, the Austin Rita's is a two-story dessert destination carved into an old high-ceiling warehouse with bright, colorful walls and a checkered floor.

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3. Coolhaus 403 E 15th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

The LA-based mobile dessert peddler slings build-your-own scream-wiches out of six types of cookies (ginger, snickerdoodle, oatmeal...) stuffed with inventive flavors.

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4. Cow Tipping Creamery 2512 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705 (North West)

Cow Tipping Creamery's a dessert trailer tucked up north off 620, helmed by a custom motorcycle builder who's slinging his wife's gourmet recipes in a staggering array of styles and toppings.