Rest of the Best 2013: Top Ten Ice Cream Spots

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Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we'll be rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several months. Bon appétit!

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That's a pretty apt description of the ice cream at our No. 3 spot.
It may seem strange to be thinking about ice cream in November, right when we're about to get a few months of chilly weather. But I guarantee you that there will be plenty of warm temperatures this winter that will have you craving a big bowl of ice cream.

And there's no shortage of great ice cream to be found in this great city of ours. From crazy flavors in Montrose to a good old fashioned parlor in Galveston, we've got it all. So put on your stretchy pants and grab a friend (ice cream is best when shared), cause you're going to want to try all of these spots.

Note: This list contains ice cream only. No gelato, no paletas, no froyo and no snow ice. We'll get to those, but ice cream is so great it deserves a list all its own.

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La King's is serving up ice cream from the oldest company in Texas.
10. La King's Confectionary
We all know Blue Bell has been making ice cream for a long time, but did you know that ice cream from the oldest producer in Texas can be found in Galveston? Purity Ice Cream, the first ice cream manufacturer in Texas, was founded on Galveston Island in 1889. The King family, which owns La King's Confectionary, bought Purity a while back, and now La King's is the only place in Texas where you can get ice cream made with some of the original recipes. It's made on-site, a few floors above the retail area at La King's, and it comes in dozens of different flavors, from the traditional chocolate, vanilla or strawberry to more extravagant offerings like apple pie ice cream with chunks of apple pie strewn throughout. Old-fashioned ice cream combined with the antique soda fountain atmosphere of La King's makes it easy to take a trip to another time, if only for a few minutes.

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Pollo Bravo may be the only place in town you can get lúcuma ice cream.
9. Pollo Bravo
When you go into Pollo Bravo and request ice cream, no one brings you a menu or asks what flavor you want. There is only one flavor at Pollo Bravo, and they do it so well there, no one cares that there aren't more options. The owner of Pollo Bravo, Enrique Bravo, makes the helado de lúcuma himself, and he and the servers are all very proud of the product. And why shouldn't they be? The lúcuma ice cream has a sweet but unusual flavor, like caramel or vanilla with a hint of sweet almonds, with a bit of chalkiness that comes from the lúcuma fruit, which is native to Peru. If you've never tried lúcuma, this is the perfect way to start.

Location Info

Fat Cat Creamery

1910 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cloud 10 Creamery

5216 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eatsie Boys

4100 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

The Burger Guys - CLOSED

12225 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Amy's Ice Creams

3816 Farnham, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Chocolate Bar

1835 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pollo Bravo

10434 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

La King's Confectionery

2323 Strand St., Galveston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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8 comments
Jessica Winham
Jessica Winham

Woot woot hanks! Just beware last time I was in hanks they only accepted cash, no credit machine. Maybe they have changed but I will surley keep a $5 in my purse just for them.

Bing Yao
Bing Yao

You had me at 'ice cream'.

Roxana Akbar
Roxana Akbar

Supernintendo Chalmers y'all need to infiltrate this list man!

Kathy Stabe
Kathy Stabe

Sweet Things in Katy is awesome. All ice cream made in house, with really unique flavors that change regularly. Their signature flavor, Cinnamon Toast, is always there. Last time I went (last weekend), they had Maple Bacon, Strawberry Balsamic, and No Label Black (made with a beer from the excellent No Label brewery, also in Katy).

Brandon Muzny
Brandon Muzny

Not in Houston but Ritter's is worth a trip to Katy

juliejulezz
juliejulezz

@Kathy Stabe i second this! the owner is a very nice lady and is happy to let you sample all their unique offerings. i have the hardest time picking...they're all so good! 

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