I love to bake. In the pre-COVID era (a time I have creatively titled “before”), I launched my own cottage industry "cooky" business. But after more than 30 days in quarantine, even the most enthusiastic of confectioners like myself need a break. If your DIY energy is waning and your sweet tooth is waxing, look to these Houston establishments for your sugar fix. All are open and offer some combination of take-out, pick-up, and delivery.
Amy’s Ice Creams
Stop by the Montrose location of this Austin-based chain for takeout or curbside pick-up of scoops, ice cream sandwiches, and pints of Amy’s classic flavors (sweet cream, Mexican vanilla, dark chocolate, Belgian chocolate), or even an ice cream cake for your next upcoming Zoom birthday party. Delivery is also offered to select areas through Amy’s online system, should you require that root beer float be brought to your doorstep.
The Chocolate Bar
In addition to delivering its cacao-inflected desserts through DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Favor, The Chocolate Bar also recently launched a new online store featuring more than 20 flavors of ice cream and noshable goodies like Frito Brittle and chocolate-covered pretzels. After browsing the “shelves” and wiping the drool from your chin, complete your selection for same-day pick-up during business hours.
Cloud 10 Creamery
The Creamery’s full menu of innovative ice cream and sorbets is available for takeout at any of its Houston locations. Postmates and Uber Eats will also ferry pints and sundaes (!) to your humble abode, and this reporter can testify from personal experience that your banana split will arrive intact and not a gloppy mess. Patrons are also encouraged to purchase e-gift cards that include a 15-percent tip to support Cloud 10’s tireless waitstaff.
Slices of the Gallery’s luscious cakes (my favorites include the Old-Fashioned Diner and Toffee-liscious) as well as its cookies, brownies, and other comestibles can be brought to your car or picked up at the Upper Kirby location. You can also show extra local love by including along with your order a donation to DG’s Feed the Fearless Frontline campaign, whose funds go to supporting Houston COVID care-givers. Can’t be bothered to put on pants? Order a slice of unicorn cake via delivery from Favor, GrubHub, Uber Eats, Door Dash, or Postmates.
El Bolillo Bakery
After being closed for several weeks to implement some COVID safety updates, all three outposts of El Bolillo are back to slinging sweet bread from 7 a.m.–9 p.m. daily. Stock up on colorful Mexican pastries and tres leches for your (virtual) Sunday brunch and start pondering your design for a custom cake to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. You can call ahead: 713-921-3500.
“We put the ‘treat’ in ‘treat yo-self’” is Koffeteria’s slogan, and what a more appropriate time to follow this edict than quarantine? Its rotating line-up of deliciously irregular sweet offerings, such as coconut sticky buns, pistachio baklava croissants, and carrot cake bread pudding, can be obtained through delivery, take-out, and curbside, but be sure to check Instagram and other social media channels for daily specials.
Three Brothers Bakery
The historic bakery, which has successfully weathered a number of challenges, remains open for take-out business, proving that just as its delectable hamantaschen can outlast hurricanes, so too can its pastries triumph in the face of pandemic. Stock up on some of the aforementioned as well as some jumbo cupcakes and black-and-white cookies for good measure.