Second Helpings: Snow Cones
Jim-Jim's Waterice615 E. Sixth, 708-8285
Sunday-Tuesday, noon-8pm; Wednesday-Thursday, noon-9pm; Friday-Saturday, noon-10pm
More sorbet than snow cone, the texture of a true water ice derives from the method of combining fruit-juice flavors with ice and freezing the mixture to be scooped out later. The resulting ball of frozen refreshment melts pleasantly on the tongue without much crunch but with the power to gently lower the temperature. Available in small, medium, large, and quarts to take home. Look for portable carts at Deep Eddy during the week and Zilker Park afternoons through September.
Casey's New Orleans Snowballs808 E. 51st at Airport Boulevard.
No phone, hours vary
This Louisiana transplant operates out of a house/trailer at the corner of East 51st and Airport, and there's always a line down the block when they're open. Their 36 custom fat-free exotic flavors are generously poured over seriously crunchy ice! Designed to cool off what ails you.
Aussie Shaved IceManchaca Road & Ben White, in the Bingo parking lot
Opens at noon
Beautiful Love Luscious Shaved Sno-Cones2021 Manor Road, across from Hoover's Cooking
"Success comes in cans -- not can'ts" is the motto of this family-operated snack stop where owner Dorothy Nell Johnson offers more than just icy treats to cool you down. In addition to the 13 flavors of snow cones, Beautiful Love also serves nachos, chili cheese dogs, burgers, Frito pie, pickles, and sausage wraps.
Hawaiian Shaved IceEast 381/2 & I-35, in the Fiesta Mart parking lot
Lamar and Butler, in Phillips 66 parking lot
Monday-Friday, noon-9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-9pm
Razor-sharp blades give the shaved-ice cones here their delightfully smooth texture. With more than 50 flavors to choose from, you can go mainstream (strawberry, green apple, grape, cherry), tropical (mango, kiwi, cantaloupe, tangerine), creamy (vanilla cream, wedding cake, dreamsicle), or mix and match. Look for more of these convenient trailers in grocery-store and shopping-center parking lots all over town.
Snow Cones Shaved IceHancock Center at 41st, in HEB parking lot
This stand has been around for years offering snow cones to parched grocery shoppers and Aguirre's roasted corn "in a cup or on the cob" if you're hungry.
Arctic Glacier Sno-ConesCapital Court, in the Cecil's Auto Trim parking lot where Guadalupe splits off Lamar
Family AffairsThe following Eastside neighborhood stands are charming little front-yard family affairs with no phones or regular hours. Just keep your eyes open on sweltering days.
2016 E. Cesar Chavez
1103 1/2 Tillery
1408 E. Second