Frozen in time

Houston's Most Nostalgic Ice Creams

Ah, those halcyon summer days in the buggy yard, the grass collecting in the kiddie pool, the ice cream truck’s jingle carrying on the breeze.

05/31/2021 By Timothy Malcolm, Gwendolyn Knapp, and Joanna O'Leary

Just a Short Drive Away

9 Road Trip-Worthy Desserts

We know. we live in our cars. But picture it: A lazy hot day. A 30-minute jaunt to a different neck of the woods for what: Lunch? A soccer game? An outlet mall? The following destinations won’t just complete the journey—they are the journey.

05/28/2021 By Timothy Malcolm and Gwendolyn Knapp

Brain Freeze!

22 of Our Favorite Icy Treats Across Houston

These are some of our choices for the best ice cream, raspas, shaved ice, and other cool concoctions around town.

07/30/2020 By Joanna O'Leary and Timothy Malcolm

A Cold Day

Venerable Heights Shaved Ice Spot Closing

We were big fans of its unique flavor combinations and fluffy, homemade ice treats.

05/24/2019 By Timothy Malcolm

Editor's Picks

Hot Snacks and Cool Drinks: Our 9 Favorite Food Stands

Food stands are the perfect hybrid of restaurant and food truck. And where else would you get Doritos topped with gummy bears?

07/18/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?

Your Ultimate Guide to the Fourth of July

Lots of fireworks, a barbecue eating contest and 20,000 pounds of snow right here in Texas.

06/30/2017 By Arman Badrei, Kara Fields, and Spencer Vogel

Cool It

Beat the Heatwave This Weekend at Nu Cafe

A very Houstonian compromise: the weather isn't always great, but we get Taiwanese ribbon ice.

10/08/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Cool It

Go Au Naturel at Mr. Natural Refresqueria

Fresh fruit on ice is the star at this Spring Branch hot spot.

08/26/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Cool Moves

Chill Out: Raspas at Mango Beach

Concession stand classics like Frito pie and snowcones make this Heights favorite indispensable during the summer.

07/28/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Life Shavers

How to Quit Your Oil Job and Open a Sno-Cone Stand

Alexx and Rhonda Nanez, owners of Just Chill Out, on finding your own happiness, Houston-style

07/09/2015 Photography by Katharine Shilcutt

Sweet Treats

What's the Deal with Bahama Bucks?

The Lubbock-based snowcone shop has taken over Houston. Here's how.

01/20/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Frozen Favorites

Snow in July: Bahama Buck’s Expanding Into Houston

The popular Lubbock-based snowcone shop is set to open two dozen locations in Houston.

07/02/2014 By Tanner Hoffman