by Nikki Metzgar - 206 Reviews - 77 List
It is hot--we know it and can't help repeating it--and it sent us on a mission to scope out the best frozen desserts in Houston. Year after year, as summer bears down on us, we have to deal with our sweaty legs sticking to the car seat, slumping over at the bar before happy hour is even over and being too weak to chew our food. Well, not this year! We're fighting back with frozen treats. Whether you plan on drinking them or merely holding them to your sunburned bosom, here are our picks for the best cool-down desserts in Houston. (Photo: Flickr/theogeo)
Updated: June 09, 2010
Hank's is a Houston institution. We're pretty sure that Beyonce has eaten here (at least her photo is on the wall) but it doesn't matter that much to us because the ice cream is so good. Quirky flavors like Grape Nuts and corn are available but we usually stick to chocolate.
The faux food stalls where customers order up cold limeade or melon agua fresca conjure a charming Mexican market feel with the added blessing of air conditioning. Mexican Coke, Jarritos sodas and, yes, pitchers of margarita, paloma and sangria are on the menu too.
This Chinatown favorite is always packed with teenagers and families and it's not hard to understand why. Cheery and clean, Juice Box has hundreds of fruit juice combinations and the best shaved iced, a mountain of ice topped with fruit, condensed milk and a scoop of creamy ice cream.
If you're one of the people crazy enough to sit on the patio of Little Big's in this weather (it's summer in Houston, folks!), at least get yourself a milkshake. ?The Dude? is a frosty homage to the Big Lebowski's White Russian obsession with just the right amount of alcoholic kick--now that's what we call a seriously decadent frozen dessert.
Searching for the perfect pair of jeans in Rice Village is bound to get you overheated--and that's where Fruit Palette comes in. Between light salads, popsicles in tasty flavors like key lime pie and the free wi-fi, it's a cool place in Houston to hide out until the sun goes down.