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Rolled ice cream from Class 502

Image: Mai Pham

Looking for trendy desserts? Go to Chinatown. 

Raindrop cakes, rolling ice cream and taiyaki ice cream all broke the internet this year. Each is available in only one place in Houston, respectively: Tea Bar & Organics, Class 502 and Kamalan Bakery, all located at Dun Huang Plaza, 9889 Bellaire Boulevard.

Nothing excites Houstonians like restaurants from elsewhere. 

First there were the eternal lines for below-average gyros at Halal Guys, then there was the mass hysteria at an impending rash of other non-local openings. We like you, Shake Shack, Fig & Olive, Nobu, Gus’s Fried Chicken, BonChon Chicken, et al., but we’ll always love Houston-grown businesses just a little bit more.

Fire blows.

Blazes closed favorites including the Heights’ Alma Latina and the Woodway location of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, which have both since reopened. Seventy-five-year-old Cleburne Cafeteria wasn’t so lucky. But don’t count the place out yet: It rose from the ashes once before.

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Cleburne Cafeteria Closed

$ American/New American 3606 Bissonnet

Editor’s Pick

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

$$ Mexican/Tex-Mex Multiple Locations

When the word “enchilada” features prominently in the name of your restaurant, they’d better be good—and they are at Sylvia’s, where Houston’s “enchilada que...

The Halal Guys

$ Mediterranean 3821 Farnham St.

The beloved New York cart vendor has set up shop in Houston with a small menu of halal eats. Order the combo platter to try chicken and gyro meat together wi...

Editor’s Pick

Kamalan Bakery

$ Bakeries, Chinese 9889 Bellaire Blvd.

Neighboring Six Ping’s Hello Kitty and Doraemon cakes get all the attention, but this bakery’s Euro-style, Asian-flavored layer cakes are the best around. Th...

Class 502

$ Café, Dessert 9889 Bellaire Blvd. D220

Lines are consistently out the door at Class 502, thanks to its menu of rolling ice cream. The Thai dessert gained popularity in New York City before creatin...

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