Second Helpings: Snow Cones

"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.

Jim-Jim's Waterice

615 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 Snowballs
Casey's New Orleans Snowballs (Photo By John Anderson)

Casey's New Orleans Snowballs

808 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 Ice

Manchaca Road & Ben White, in the Bingo parking lot
Opens at noon

Beautiful Love Luscious Shaved Sno-Cones

2021 Manor Road, across from Hoover's Cooking
Hours vary

"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 Ice

East 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 Ice

Hancock Center at 41st, in HEB parking lot
Hours vary

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-Cones

Capital Court, in the Cecil's Auto Trim parking lot where Guadalupe splits off Lamar
Hours vary

Family Affairs

The 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.

Goyitas
2016 E. Cesar Chavez

Baety's Sno-Cones
2100 Holly

Snowcones
1103 1/2 Tillery

Shelby's SnoCones
1408 E. Second

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