Houston’s Best Summer Restaurants — 12 Spots With Frozen Treats to Chill ForBY Jailyn Marcel // 08.16.17
Donut ice cream sandwiches await at Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts.
Steel City Pop's gluten-free cookie pop
Creamy gelato takes center stage at Dolce Neve.
Who can resist a cookie ice cream sandwich from Smoosh?
Not a fan of cookie sandwiches? Try Smoosh's waffle sandwich instead.
Smoosh even has a churro ice cream sandwich.
An epic banana split is waiting for you at Cloud 10 Creamery. (Courtesy photo)
Ice pops and cocktails collide with the liquor-infused Poptails.
Get your fruit fix with Moody Ice.
Grab a scoop at Tiny's Milk & Cookies.
Frozen treats get a healthy twist thanks to B Pop. (Photo by Cooper Ricca)
Add a macaron to your ice cream cone at Stacked.
Or head to Stacked for a macaron ice cream sandwich.
Juice Bar's frozen treats do not disappoint.
In Houston’s brutal summer heat, there’s nothing more satisfying than cooling down with an ice-cold, frozen dessert. Whether you’re craving a scoop of gelato or a liquor-infused ice pop, these 12 Houston spots are sure to keep you cool and your sweet tooth satisfied all summer long.
If you’re searching for a sweet treat with a healthy rep, look not further than b Pop! The Houston-based brand is promising 100 percent organic and dairy free frozen pops touting creative flavors such as blueberry banana pancake, P B & fig, and cranberry chai.
Snag a pop at select locations including Nourish Juice & Smoothie Bar, Big Power Yoga, and Axelrad; or hit up your local Whole Foods to purchase a full box. bpopbetterpop.com.
Cloud 10 Creamery
If you find yourself in Rice Village, a visit to Cloud 10 Creamery is a must. While the shop’s inventive ice cream flavors make for a tasty frozen treat, the true star is Cloud 10’s epic banana split.
The monstrous frozen dessert starts with three scoops of vanilla, chocolate, and Nutella ice cream enhanced with marshmallows. Next comes the sauce — a decadent fudge sauce, a berry jam, and a milk chocolate magic shell are squeezed atop the ice cream scoops before being topped with whipped cream, candied pecans, and Nutella powder.
And the star of the show — a duo of banana slices sprinkled with sugar and torched to perfect caramelization. 5216 Morningside Drive, cloud10creamery.com.
Craving authentic Italian gelato? Look no further than Austin import Dolce Neve. The Heights gelato shop is serving up both traditional and unconventional flavors featuring everything from coconut milk and raspberry jam to whiskey and pecan.
Also on hand are gelato bars and sandwiches, Italian shaved ice, and affogatos. 4721 North Main Street, dolcenevegelato.com.
A trip to Chinatown is in order for the sweet, frozen creations being churned out at Juice Box. While the menu showcases an array of frozen treats, we’re partial to the shaved ice. Top it with fresh fruit and condensed milk, or go wild and finish it off with extra scoops of ice cream. 9889 Bellaire Boulevard, facebook.com/juicebox.
Enjoy the essence of ice cream sans the dairy with Juice Girl’s vegan juice creams. Indulge in a bevy of flavors including strawberry, vanilla chai, rocky road, green apple’ade, flaming lips zinger (made with faux butter fingers), and fun fruity punch. 214 Fairview Street; 238 West 19th Street, txjuicegirl.com.
Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts
Donuts and fried chicken aren’t the only things cooking at Lee’s. You can also cool down with a few scoops of Lee’s Creamery ice cream. Of course one can enjoy it solo, but we recommend slathering it between one of Lee’s glazed donuts for the ultimate ice cream sandwich. 601 Heights Boulevard, leesfriedchickendonuts.com.
It’s all about that ice, ice baby at this frosty shop. Try Moody Ice’s fruit-packed shaved ice, which is created in-house with all natural ingredients. Flavors include everything from hibiscus and lemon & lavender to vegan chocolate and Piña Coloda. Just sprinkle with toppings and devour.
Guests can also try Moody’s popular Hawaiian-style shaved ice, which can be topped with natural, house-made syrups and juices. 1919 North Shepherd Drive, moodyice.com.
Take your frozen cocktail on the go with Poptails, a liquor-infused ice pop. Whimsical flavors like the Hennything Can Happen, a blend of cognac and peaches; the West Alabama Slamma, a fruity mix of strawberry, peaches, and vodka; and the EaDolicious, a frozen blackberry margarita on a stick are sure to have you hooked.
And if you think these sweet treats aren’t capable of generating a buzz, think again. Each pop is the equivalent to one full cocktail. Place your order now via instagram.com/poptailshtx.
It’s hard to resist a scoop of ice cream smashed between two, expertly baked cookies. Smoosh food truck, which will soon open its first brick-and-mortar location in The Heights, is making dreams come true with one of the most sought after ice cream sandwiches in the city.
In fact, Buzzfeed just named the frozen concoction one of the best ice cream sandwiches in America. Head to the Rice Village food truck to load up on cookie sandwiches and toppings, or partake in Smoosh’s waffle ice cream sandwiches on Wednesdays and churro ice cream sandwiches on Fridays. 5505 Morningside Drive, smooshcookies.com.
Stacked Ice Cream
If you’re willing to make the trek outside of the Loop, get ready to feast on decked out macaron ice cream sandwiches at Stacked. As the name implies, these frozen creations are stacked to the brim with outrageous toppings, sprinkles, cereal, and anything else you can imagine.
2211 North Fry Road, Katy; 1226 Museum Square Drive, Sugar Land, instagram.com/stackedicecream.
Steel City Pops
Inspired by Mexican paletas, these whimsical ice pops are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Get ready for unconventional, seasonal flavors like chocolate chili, buttermilk, avocado, lavender lemonade, and sweet tea. 420 East 20th Street, steelcitypops.com.
Tiny’s Milk & Cookies
If you’re a fan of Tiny Boxwoods famous chocolate chip cookies, brace yourself. Now you can experience the essence of the restaurant’s beloved dessert in frozen form with the brand’s milk & cookies ice cream served at sister concept Tiny’s Milk & Cookies.
Patrons can also indulge in additional flavors of Tiny’s ice cream including coconut milk chocolate, Aaron’s horchata, salted caramel, and lemon sherbert. 3636 Rice Boulevard, tinyboxwoods.com/tinys-milk-and-cookies.