Houston's Top 10 Ice Creams for National Ice Cream Month
And because it's National Ice Cream Month, this week's list will round up ice cream only. Although there are plenty of great gelato, shaved ice, snoballs, snow cones, frozen yogurts and raspas in town, those are all posts for another day.
Long before there were such things as artisan ice cream or small-batch, locavore creations, there was Marble Slab (and/or Baskin-Robbins, depending on your childhood preference). I'm still a fan of Marble Slab for two reasons: It allows you to mix crushed candy bars, fruit, nuts -- you name it -- into your ice cream. And it lets you take any ice cream, any "fixing" and blend them into either a shake or a malt. I'm telling you, you ain't lived till you've had a peanut butter ice cream and banana malt from Marble Slab.
9. Amy's Ice Creams
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt The Montrose at Amy's Ice Creams
Just like Marble Slab, Austin-based Amy's lets you mix it up. My personal favorite is The Montrose: sweet cream mixed with bananas, fluffy marshmallows and -- naturally -- rainbow jimmies.
The Mexican vanilla is also a long-time favorite, but rotating and/or seasonal flavors such as Shiner Bock, Belgian Blueberry and Bourbon Chocolate Walnut keep patrons coming back each week to see what's new.
8. Pollo Bravo
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt Lúcuma ice cream at Pollo Bravo
The Pollo Bravo on Richmond at the Beltway is the only place in town I know of that makes homemade lúcuma ice cream. In fact, they're still the only place I know that serves lúcuma ice cream, for that matter.
The flavor is difficult to describe -- caramel custard or flan with a telltale chalkiness at the end -- and in its native Peru, lúcuma is the preferred ice cream flavor over any other.