Every summer, I go on a frozen dessert kick. I think I have had some form of frozen treat every day this week (and riding my bicycle to work to offset calorie guilt...) My problem is this: I can't find any ice cream that really knocks my socks off. Matter of fact, I freely admit that I do not get what all the fuss is about Amy's ice cream, and it seems to be the main option for real ice cream in Austin. There is an Amy's within walking distance from my home and friends are constantly wanting to go there. *What am I not getting?* I think their ice cream has a weird chewy/sticky texture. Often times I have crunched sizable ice crystals which makes me think the stuff has melted a bit at some point and then been refrozen. I also think that Amy's tries too hard to be "funky." A couple years ago I walked into an Amy's and the server proceeded to refer to me as "hippie" each time he addressed me. I think the "tricks" they do are fun for kids, but I myself don't want gimmicks, just rich, creamy, delicious ice cream that sends me into brain freeze heaven! Recently we had this thread:
But the discussion turned mostly to shaved ice/raspa stands and gelato joints.
Have you been to any restaurants that have served great ice cream? I went to El Chile's about a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed their Mexican Hot Chocolate housemade variety. It was not too sweet, was chocolatey enough for me, had a hint of cinnamon, and was smooth in the mouth, without any weird crystals. For comparison, my current favorite is the yoghurt gelato at Central Market, or the Vanilla Bean Affogato at Teo's, but thats not real Ice cream. I don't mind the dark Chocolate Green and Blacks pints from whole foods, either.