Houston's Top 10 Ice Creams for National Ice Cream Month

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9. Amy's Ice Creams

Just like Marble Slab, Austin-based Amy's lets you mix it up. My personal favorite is The Montrose: sweet cream mixed with bananas, fluffy marshmallows and -- naturally -- rainbow jimmies.

The Mexican vanilla is also a long-time favorite, but rotating and/or seasonal flavors such as Shiner Bock, Belgian Blueberry and Bourbon Chocolate Walnut keep patrons coming back each week to see what's new.

8. Pollo Bravo

The ​Pollo Bravo on Richmond at the Beltway is the only place in town I know of that makes homemade lúcuma ice cream. In fact, they're still the only place I know that serves lúcuma ice cream, for that matter.

The flavor is difficult to describe -- caramel custard or flan with a telltale chalkiness at the end -- and in its native Peru, lúcuma is the preferred ice cream flavor over any other.

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Katharine Shilcutt