Keep Cool and Caffeinated: Houston's Top 10 Iced Coffee Drinks

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Cafe sua da at Que Huong: It's humid and gross in Vietnam, too, this time of year. But Vietnamese iced coffee can help you beat the heat.
August is nearly here, and the summer ain't getting any cooler. But at least your coffee can.

I'm not the type of person who can make it through a morning without getting caffeinated, but it requires a special kind of fortitude to grimly chug a few cups of hot coffee when beads of sweat are already rolling down your back at 9 a.m. -- and you haven't left the house yet.

You can, of course, purchase cold-brewed coffee concentrate and make your own iced coffee at home (which is something I recommend for the hardcore coffee drinker). But if you're in the custom of stopping by a coffee shop on the way into work for your morning joe, then try one of these cooler drinks instead.

10. Cafe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee) at Que Huong

You can get a Vietnamese iced coffee at nearly any Vietnamese restaurant in town. But I like Que Huong for the wide array of other excellent Vietnamese dishes (nearly 350 on the menu at last count) that you can get along with your coffee -- many of which are perfect for summer, too, such as the tempura soft-shell crab and light, tangy jellyfish salad.

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All of the coffee drinks at McDonald's are far better than they should be.
9. Vanilla iced coffee at McDonald's

There is no shame in this game. McDonald's makes a very respectable iced coffee that's even better when you have them throw a little vanilla syrup into the mix. It's inexpensive, it's not terrible for you and the ingredient list is short and contains instantly identifiable things like milk and espresso.

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8. Granita at Agora

This is more an espresso milkshake than anything else, but what a milkshake it is. Imagine a Starbucks Frappuccino that was actually good -- that's a granita at Agora. It comes topped with whipped cream and floats on a layer of chocolate syrup. I like to mix it all together for a decadently sweet and creamy treat that I can't help but indulge in at least once a summer.

Location Info

Que Huong

11201 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1712 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Burger Guys - CLOSED

12225 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Catalina Coffee

2201 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: General

Antidote Coffee

729 Studewood, Houston, TX

Category: General


1953 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Revival Market

550 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Boomtown Coffee

242 W. 19th St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Dirk's Coffee - CLOSED

4005 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

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Minuti Coffee's Caramel Hazelnut Ice-O- Caramel is out of this world too!


Antidote's  Iced cajeta latte mixed together with Catalina's Honey Bear. EVERYTHING ELSE IS SUBPAR!


What about a bottled cold brewed iced coffee...Wolfgang Puck Iced Coffee...sold at Krogers and created by the famous Chef Puck himself in four fab flavors.  Only 120 calories, organic, cold brewed and kosher.  This is easier than going in to buy one and less costly I believe because you don't have to add all the sugar, syrups, etc.  Keep them at home or grab one at the market...perfect grab and go and fits right into the cup holder in the car. Twitter@CutTheFrapp;


Eric Barton
Eric Barton

Great story but you left out Empire Cafe. You should check out their iced coffee. Good job nonetheless!

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

Also, I'm surprised you didn't name Lee's Sandwiches. Their iced coffee is probably THE standard for iced Vietnamese coffee in Houston these days.

Mai Pham
Mai Pham topcommenter

Dirk's Iced Mayan mocha latte gets my vote - they have a whole bunch of other iced flavors that rock as well!


Great coffee review, Kate. Iced coffee also comes in a milk carton now too, except without the missing children on the side.  I think it's by International Delight.  Thanks!  Keep on writin' em.

kshilcutt moderator editor

 @Mai Pham You're totally right. Lee's deserves a spot on the list, too.

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