(Part of the Austin Rocks series of posts by a local about things to do and see in Austin, Texas)
It is never a bad idea to add to your arsenal of great local places to eat ice cream, and now I have a new addition to enjoy: Austin-based Lick Honest Ice Creams.
Let me back up, though….
Many of us in the Austin metro area are already Amy’s Ice Creams stalwarts. They have unique flavor combinations, creative and fun scoop-tossing staff, and a variety of candies and cookies (crush’ns) that they smoosh into the ice cream or sprinkle on top. In addition to 12 Austin locations – they’re one of the many local businesses with a branch at the Austin airport – you can also find them in Houston and San Antonio.
But still, who wouldn’t want even more places to get amazing ice cream?
I’d been hearing about Lick ice cream from friends and news media, so finally one night as I headed out of downtown toward my home, I decided to detour to Lick’s north Austin location on Burnet Road (there is one Lick in San Antonio, at the Historic Pearl complex near downtown.)
It was the usual hot and sticky summer in central Texas, so the place was jammed inside and out with people carrying cups and Lick’s homemade cones.
The flavors were written out and tacked to a sort of bulletin board, and wow, were they intriguing, plus they’re all made with locally-sourced ingredients. The milk and cream comes from the Mill-King Market & Creamery, family-owned by the Millers and located in McGregor, Texas, southwest of Waco.
Horchata (yes, like the Mexican drink.) Texas Sheet Cake. Cilantro Lime. Honeyed Peaches with Rosemary. Carrot, Ginger, & Coconut (vegan.)
I wanted to get the Dewberry Corn Cobbler – “Our state’s beloved dewberries are baked into our housemade cornmeal cobbler and crumbled into our sweet cream corn ice cream.” – but the server insisted that I sample it first, to make sure that I could deal with corn ice cream.
Why yes, I could.
It tasted like corn, indeed, but a cool, delicious take on it, with the dewberry tang and bits of cobbler adding to the experience.
The other scoop in my small bowl was their Goat Cheese, Thyme, & Honey, made with “fresh local thyme and Good Flow honey pair perfectly with Austin’s own creamy Pure Luck goat cheese.”
Yes, it tasted like goat cheese. I had NO problem with that.
The Roasted Beets and Fresh Mint was a beautiful pink, but the mint sort of overpowered the beet flavor.
If you’re nervous about ordering one of the more “out there” offerings, just ask for a sample first. If you fall in love with a flavor, check their store freezer to see if it’s available by the pint.
Want cool refreshment with an Austin and central Texas twist? Get yourself to Lick.
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