Get Ice Cream Social!

URBAN ADVENTURE | Get “Ice Cream Social” | 2016

When the mercury hits 100 degrees, many Austinites head to Barton Springs. The rest of us head out for ice cream! While 87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time, we suggest getting “ice cream social” and checking out some of our favorite local Austin ice cream parlors in person.

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Amy's Ice CreamsAmy’s Ice Creams
 | The grande dame of the Austin ice cream scene, Amy’s offers over 300 flavors of ice cream and fruit ices but only a small portion are available at a particular store at any given time. Every Amy’s location always offers seven flavors, known as standards, sold in three sizes. For the larger two sizes of ice cream, the company’s version of mix-ins called “Crush’ns” can be added. Many employees of Amy’s will do “tricks” with the ice cream as they prepare it and before the customer receives it. These tricks include, but are not limited to, throwing ice cream scoops under the leg, behind the back, and over people. Some locations are known for throwing ice cream across the street, where either the recipient or another employee will attempt to catch it.

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Amy’s Allandale | 5624 Burnet Rd | Routes 3, 803, 320
Amy’s Hyde Park | 3500 Guadalupe St | Routes 1, 3, 19, 21, 22, 481, 801, 803
Amy’s Clarksville | 1012 W 6th St | Routes 4, 21, 338, 484, 663,
Amy’s SoCo | 1301 S. Congress | Routes 1, 486, 801
Amy’s Barton Oaks | 2901 S. Lamar Blvd | Routes 3, 331, 338, 484
Amy’s ABIA | 3600 Presidential Blvd | Routes 100, 350
Amy’s Westgate | 4477 S. Lamar Blvd | Routes 5, 30, 238, 311, 331, 338, 803
Amy’s Arboretum | 10000 Research Blvd | Routes 3, 383, 392, 982, 983
Amy’s Southpark Meadows | 9600 IH 35 South | Routes 3, 10, 201, 803
Amy’s St. Edward’s | 3100 S. Congress | Routes 1, 228, 486, 801

Lick Honest Ice CreamLick Honest Ice CreamsFocused on offering “honest ice creams” to savvy palates, Lick focuses on hyper-local and artisan creations through ingredients sourced from Milk-King Creamery, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Springdale Farm and Markley Family Farm. When you visit a Lick scoop shop, you’ll find eight everyday flavors such as Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, and Goat Cheese, Thyme & Honey, and eight seasonal flavors such as Toffee Dunked Donut, Carrot Cake, and Lady Bird Lavender Crisp. The seasonal flavors rotate every two months according to what’s in season. They also typically have 3-4 dairy-free options on hand, so you need not worry, my lactose intolerant friends!

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South Austin | 1100 S. Lamar | Routes 3, 338, 484, 803
North Austin | 6555 Burnet Rd | Routes 3, 803

Dolce Vita Gelato & Espresso BarDolce Vita Gelato & Espresso Bar | Whether you’re looking to warm up in the winter or cool down in the summer, Dolce Vita is there for you all year round. It specializes in gelato and espresso (along with some light bites and sandwiches), using fresh fruits to produce its impossibly rich and smooth gelato (try the pistachio). Pro tip: a sorberita (sorbet meets a margarita) is something you want to try.

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4222 Duval St | Routes 7, 10, 338

Spun Ice CreamSpun Ice Cream | Sisters Christina and Ashley Cheng are whipping up liquid nitrogen-cooled ice cream along East 7th Street. The made-to-order options include the standard (chocolate, vanilla bean) to interesting (chai spice), paired with inventive accoutrements like Earl Grey confetti and brown butter powder. Indulge in one of the specials.

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1912 E. 7th St | Routes 4, 21, 22, 320

Hay ElotesHay Elotes
 | Taking its name for the Mexican street corn they offer, Hay Elotes has a great selection of fresh fruit cups, sodas, ice cream and Mexican desserts you can’t find anywhere else. A hidden gem! You could almost miss it because it’s a very small hole in the wall, but it’s definitely worth visiting.

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Eastside | 2214 E 7th St | Routes 4, MetroRail
North Austin | 1200 W Howard Ln | Routes 1, 275

Sweet Ritual Ice CreamSweet Ritual | Previously located inside JuiceLand, Sweet Ritual has moved to their own spot on Airport Blvd and is a haven for those looking for dairy-free ice cream. No longer will your lactose intolerance keep you down! It offers sixteen different homemade ice creams that rotate daily, and it’s always looking to create new flavors to augment staples like salted caramel and chocolate chai. It may seem like some vegan health alternative but these ice creams are legit and they taste like the real thing. It also makes it easier to justify a second serving.

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4631 Airport Blvd | Routes 10, 350, 653

Dolce NeveDolce Neve | Nestled in a little house along South 1st, Dolce Neve is making amazing and authentic Italian gelato. One of the owners, a Italian native, even attended Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy where she honed her gelato-making skills. Luckily, she’s here in Austin now, bringing a steadily rotating flavor lineup, heavy on Italian tastes like mascarpone lemon zest and ricotta honey pistachio.

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1713 S 1st St | Routes 5, 10

D'Lites of AustinD’Lites of Austin | Founded in 1982 in Plantation, Florida, D’Lites never wanted to be, nor is just an ice cream store. D’Lites is “an emporium that specializes in the word diet.” D’Lites has found a strong following for its low calorie, low carbohydrate, low fat, low sugar soft serve ice cream which contains no artificial sweeteners and no cholesterol. Try it and see what you think!

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North Austin | 8127 Mesa Drive | Routes 19


SWEET! Did you know…?

  • Ice cream was first introduced to the United States by Quaker colonists
  • In 1776, America’s first ice cream parlor opens in New York
  • In 1813, First Lady Dolly Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball
  • In 1832, African American confectioner Augustus Jackson created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream
  • In 1843, Philadelphian Nancy Johnson was issued the first U.S. patent for a small-scale, hand-cranked ice cream freezer
  • In the 1880s, the ice cream sundae was born
  • In 1904, the waffle cone makes its debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri
  • In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day
  • About 10.3 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream
  • The average American consumes 48 pints of ice cream each year

Transit Routes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 19, 21, 22, 100, 201, 228, 275, 311, 320, 331, 338, 350, 392, 481, 484, 486, 653, 663, 801, 803, 982, 983, or MetroRail will get you there!
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