Second Helpings: Ice Cream, Part II

Austin's often overlooked ice cream shops

This week's "Second Helpings" entries are by Virginia B. Wood. When you need quick, reliable information about Austin eateries, check here.

Koffee n' Ice Kream

6700 Middle Fiskville Road, #408, 453-9415

Mon-Fri, 4-10pm; Sat-Sun noon-10pm

This little mom n' pop shop with the kitchsy spelling notified us on their rather unconventional letterhead that we'd somehow managed to overlook them in both years of listings. They aren't the victims of some vast corporate conspiracy; we honestly didn't know they existed. Now we know the shop is located behind Highland Mall, right next to Taj Palace. Drop in for koffee drinks, sandwiches, and a variety of ice kream flavors, made fresh by Maggie Nowlin.

Dr. Chocolate

4001 N. Lamar in Central Park, 454-0555

Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, noon-6pm

Ben White and South Lamar Blvd., 891-6800

Mon-Tue, 12-8pm; Wed-Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, 1-6pm

The ice creams designed by the talented culinary alchemists at Dr. Chocolate were voted "Best Ice Cream" by Chronicle readers one year, and we still managed to leave them out of the ice cream parlor listings two years in a row. The delectable chocolate ice creams are all at the original North Lamar outlet in unforgettable flavors such as Infinity Double Chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, Orange Starburst Chocolate, Snowberry (white chocolate with chocolate-covered strawberries), and Bumpy Road (chocolate with marshmallows and chocolate-covered almonds).

Paradise Ice Cream

900 S. RR 620, 263-0363

Daily, noon-10pm

Mark Alsup says he changed careers from engineering to ice cream making because he "wanted to be around happy people all day." What could make people happier than fresh, homemade ice creams in a wealth of inviting flavors? Try the Double Fudge Brownie, the Hill Country Peach, or the Butterfinger Chip on your next excursion to Lake Travis, and you'll be happy, too.

Smoothies Paradise

Barton Creek Mall, 306-0590

Daily, 10am-9pm

This little mall outlet serves up frothy smoothies in your choice of variations, and they also scoop several flavors of Texas' favorite Blue Bell ice cream in cups to cool you off during shopping sprees.

Kevin's Cookies & Deli

816 Congress, 472-2388

Mon-Fri, 7am-5pm

Kevin's is a bustling deli tucked into a downtown high-rise, serving up breakfast pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. They're also known for a signature line of gourmet cookies and scoops of Blue Bell ice cream's greatest hits such as cookies 'n' cream, pralines 'n' cream, chocolate mint, and triple chocolate.

Slicer's

3616 Far West Blvd., 345-9466

Daily, 10am-3pm

Slicer's has been one of Northwest Hill's favorite sandwich shops for years. Part of their popularity has to be because they're scooping eight different flavors of Blue Bell ice cream every day. There's chocolate and vanilla for purists and Strawberry Cheesecake if you're feeling adventurous.

Jegimajo!

2400 E. Oltorf, 12-A, 443-2062

Tue-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, noon-6pm

While this friendly little store is building a reputation for its bubble teas, gifts, and food items imported from the Philippines and Japan, it also boasts the most exotic selection of ice creams we've found in Austin. They don't sell it in cones or bowls, but you can buy pints or quarts of mango, coconut, jackfruit with cashew nuts, Corn and Cheese, Purple Yam, or avocado. Or they'll add a scoop to your refreshing bubble tea or "halo-halo" drinks.

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