Second Helpings: You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream, Part II

You scream, I scream, "Second Helpings" screams for ice cream!

"Second Helpings" offers tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week's entries were updated by Erin Mosow. For quick, reliable info about Austin eateries, check here.

Dippin' Dots

Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S.

Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr.

Both locations open Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm;

Sunday, noon-6pm

If this is the "Ice Cream of the Future," I won't be eating much ice cream in the future. Dippin' Dots flash-freezes their ice cream in a supercold manner that allows it to maintain the consistency of little dots not unlike those in a capsule of Contac. The result is certainly novel, but not enough to justify such high prices for such small portions.


Four locations in Austin, various hours

From one store in Little Rock to more than 3,000 locations today, TCBY ("The Country's Best Yogurt") is the largest frozen-yogurt chain in the world. TCBY offers soft-serve frozen yogurt, hand-dipped frozen yogurt, hand-dipped ice cream, and sorbet. Many of the frozen-yogurt flavors are fat-free, and a handful are sugar-free. TCBY will top your confection with everything from hot fudge to Gummi Bears. They also serve sundaes, splits, shakes, and smoothies.

Swensen's Ice Cream

Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd., 451-1601

Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, noon-6pm

Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 327-0939

Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, noon-6pm

2525 W. Anderson, 453-7054

Daily, 10am-7:30pm
Established in 1948 in San Francisco, Swensen's does its best to re-create an old-timey soda-fountain atmosphere in ubiquitous mall settings. Their 30-plus flavors offer plenty of variety, and a gooey hot-fudge sundae makes a much more inexpensive indulgence than most mall goods. Swensen's also has low-fat ice cream, sugar-free ice cream, and even cholesterol-free frozen yogurt for the calorie-counting set.

Smoothies Paradise

Barton Creek Square 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
Kevin's Cookies & Deli (Photo By John Anderson)

Kevin's Cookies & Deli

816 Congress, 472-2388

1501 MoPac S. #140, 327-6888

Both locations open Monday-Friday 7am-5pm

Kevin's is a bustling deli 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, Pecan Pralines 'n Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Dutch Chocolate. Try one of the fruity smoothies with fresh fruit for a little less sugar.

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