Rest of the Best 2013: Top Ten Ice Cream Spots

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Photo by Robb Walsh
Hank's ice cream is a Houston institution and the first place in town to scoop funky flavors like sweet corn.
4. Hank's Ice Cream Parlor
Hank's has been a Houston institution since 1985, when Hank Wiggins opened up the shop with his wife, Okemah. Hank passed away last year, but he lived to see his humble shop get praise from every news outlet in town. Robb Walsh named Hank's ice cream number 46 on his list of 100 favorite dishes, writing, "While Okemah Wiggins was scooping my ice cream, I asked her about the butterfat level. She wouldn't disclose the secret recipe, but she assured me the butterfat content is much higher than the standard commercial stuff. "It's a premium ice cream," she said, smiling." The butter pecan remains the best-selling flavor, but Hank's also scoops more unusual treats like sweet corn, and banana pudding with big chunks of vanilla wafers strewn throughout.

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Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg
Eatsie Boys has made it easy to consume both whiskey and ice cream for breakfast.
3. Eatsie Boys
The boys used to make all their ice cream in-house, but now the demand is so high that they've had to outsource. But don't worry, the producer still uses Matt Marcus's famous recipes for treats like A World Gone Mad, a Maker's Mark and vanilla ice cream mixed with Golden Grahams ('cause who doesn't want bourbon and cereal for breakfast?) and Glazed and Confused, an ice cream with a Shipley's donut base. No, not chunks of donuts. Those would get chewy when frozen. Eatsie Boys actually blended the donuts so fine that all you get when you eat the ice cream is the taste of donuts. It's a miracle of science. Eatsie Boys is now selling all of their great flavors by the pint, so you no longer have to request seconds and thirds of frozen bourbon and cereal.

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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