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Rest of the Best 2013: Top Ten Ice Cream Spots

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!

That's a pretty apt description of the ice cream at our No. 3 spot.
That's a pretty apt description of the ice cream at our No. 3 spot.
Photo by Troy Fields

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.

La King's is serving up ice cream from the oldest company in Texas.
La King's is serving up ice cream from the oldest company in Texas.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

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.

Pollo Bravo may be the only place in town you can get lúcuma ice cream.
Pollo Bravo may be the only place in town you can get lúcuma ice cream.
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg

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.



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