In Texas, ice cream is a must every time summer rolls around. With an abundance of cows and locally-grown produce, it is no wonder Texans love their ice cream so much.
Austin has some excellent small-batch creameries, so here are seven to get you started.
For the classic Austin scoop: Amy’s Ice Creams
If you haven't had Amy's yet, you haven't experienced everything Austin has to offer. With a dozen locations and over 350 rotating flavors, Amy's is the handcrafted, acrobatic ice cream of Austin. Amy's has been serving Austinites since 1984 and Amy's employees have been tossing and catching scoops for entertainment for almost as long. Mexican Vanilla is Amy's world-famous flavor but you can also branch out with flavors like Butter Beer, Chocolate Triple Berry Tres Leches and Mango Habanero.
For a sophisticated scoop: Lick Honest Ice Creams
The owners of Lick Honest Ice Creams believe that ice shouldn't just taste good, it should be good. All Lick claims to use the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients, meaning no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or preservatives. As a result of using local ingredients, Lick has a large selection of unique, in-season, rotating flavors. Goat Cheese, Thyme & Honey, and Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint are staples in store but you can only get Honeyed Peaches with Rosemary or Lemon Lavender while the season lasts!
For an all-new flavor: DipDipDip ice cream
Soy sauce, crispy fried parsnips, shiitake mushrooms and black pepper are probably not ingredients you would normally put in your ice cream, but DipDipDip ice cream is fixing that. Brought to Austin by the minds behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya and known for its hyper-unique, umami-filled flavors like "Shroom of Doom," a chocolate-caramel-shiitake hybrid, and Miso PB&J, with plum jelly and miso brioche croutons, this ice cream is unlike anything you have ever had.
For an inclusive cone: Thai Fresh
Creating a cream that nearly everyone can comfortably eat, all of Thai Fresh's coconut milk-based flavors are vegan and served with traditional sweet sticky rice. The nearly two dozen handcrafted flavors are usually made with fewer than four ingredients and range from well-loved, like Texas peach and coconut lime, to more adventurous fare, like Golden Milk Turmeric, Black Sticky Rice Horchata and Texas Corn. If that still isn't different enough for your liking, Thai Fresh's spin-off ice cream joint, Gati, houses even more flavors like Coconut Ash, Thai Tea and Japanese Red Bean.
For an elevated ice cream sandwich: Baked Bear
The cookies in your ice cream sandwich are no longer just a vessel for ice cream, they are the main attraction if you visit Baked Bear. This choose-it-yourself establishment has you choose from one of a dozen original cookie flavors to sandwich around one of 13 ice cream flavors from the classic Mint Chip to the daring Blackberry Crumble or Toasted S'Mores. Once you've got the basics picked out, roll it in sprinkles, nutella, fruity pebbles and more "toppings." You'll never look at an ice cream sandwich the same way again.
For a simple soft serve cone: Connor’s Creamery
Bring on the soft serve nostalgia with Connor's Creamery truck, which offers a classic soft cone with a twist: eight different swirl flavors. Starting with a traditional vanilla base, you can swirl in bubble gum, butter pecan, chocolate, banana, strawberry, pineapple, blue raspberry or tropical orange before you cover it in toppings to your heart's delight. The truck is always on the move but you'll have better luck catching it using its calendar tool before it hits the road again.
For ice cream’s Italian cousin: Gelateria Gemelli
After traveling to Italy to learn how to make traditional gelato, ice cream's lighter relative, from the pros, Gelateria Gemelli owner Andrew Sabola offers traditional flavors, fresh variations and bougie cocktails. Fresh Strawberry Buttermilk, Earl Grey and Lemon Curd are just a few of the creamy flavors Gemelli offers but you can also get a classic Negroni or Sgroppino to drink when you stop by.
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By Jonathan Lee
The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.
The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'
Historic preservationists, for their part, overwhelmingly support historic zoning, which would preserve the buildings in perpetuity. The Historic Landmark Commission unanimously voted to initiate historic zoning in July, citing architectural significance, landscape features and association to historic figures. City staffers recommend historic zoning, calling both structures one-of-a-kind examples of vernacular architecture.
Tarrytown neighbors have also banded together to stop the demolition. Many have written letters, and a few spoke at the meeting. “How could anyone buy this property with the intent of destroying it?” Ila Falvey said. “I think it’s an architectural treasure.”
Michael Whellan, an attorney representing the property owner, said that the claims made by preservationists are shaky. The buildings are run down, he said, and have had substantial renovations. A structural engineer hired by the owner said any attempt at preservation would involve tearing down and rebuilding – an undertaking Whellan said would likely cost millions.
Whellan also argued that any historical significance derived from the property’s association with Delisle and longtime owner C.H. Slator is dubious. “These men are not noted for any civic, philanthropic or historic impact,” he said.
What’s more, according to Whellan, Slator likely participated in segregation as the owner of the Tavern on North Lamar Boulevard between 1953 and 1960.
A city staffer, however, said she found no evidence to support the claim. “We would never landmark a property where a segregationist lived, or there was a racist person,” Kimberly Collins with the Historic Preservation Office said.
Commissioner Awais Azhar couldn’t support historic zoning in part due to lingering uncertainty about Slator. “Focusing on that factor is not here to disparage an individual or family. It is not about playing the race card. This is an important assertion for us to consider as Planning commissioners,” Azhar said.
Commissioner Carmen Llanes Pulido said that allegations of racism should come as no surprise. “We’re talking about white male property owners in the 1950s, in Austin, on the west side – and of course they were racist,” she said. But she argued that allowing the house to be demolished based on these grounds does nothing to help people of color who have been harmed by racism and segregation.
The question of tax breaks was also controversial. Michael Gaudini, representing the property owner, said that the tax breaks associated with historic zoning would exacerbate inequality by shifting property tax burdens to less affluent communities. City staffers estimate that the property, appraised at $3.5 million, would get either a $8,500 or $16,107 property tax break annually, depending on whether a homestead exemption is applied.
Commissioner Grayson Cox preferred the commission focus not on tax breaks but on whether the structures merit preservation. “To me, nothing in the historic preservation criteria lists, is this person deserving of a tax break or not?”
Azhar, on the other hand, said he plans to propose a code amendment getting rid of city property tax breaks for historic properties.
The commission fell one vote short of recommending historic zoning, with six commissioners in support and three opposed. Azhar and commissioners Claire Hempel and Greg Anderson voted against.
The odds of City Council zoning over an owner’s wishes are slim. Nine out of 11 members must vote in favor, and there have only been a handful of such cases over the past several decades.
What's new in Austin food & drink this week:
- Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
- Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
- Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
- Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
- Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
- Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
- The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
- Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
- P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.