Co-founders Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier opened Lick in 2011, inspired by the small-town creameries where the duo grew up. All their ice cream is made with non-GMO milk and cream, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs from local farms, plus local spirits, chocolate, honey, sugar, coffee, cheese, and nuts; our favorites right now are coffee with cream (because you’re totally allowed ice cream first thing in the morning in Texas) and the lightly roasted beets and fresh mint (a surprisingly winning combo). They also offer a menu of vegan options made with a coconut milk base, like the chocolate chocolate—so chocolatey you need to say it twice.
This hot and humid city was made for frozen treats, and the best ice cream shops in Austin always know how to satisfy the masses' overheated bodies. Brutal summers and warm winters mean that the need for a cool down is an almost year-round one. That’s why, in part, there are so many rooftop bars in Austin, why frozen margaritas go down like free filtered water, and why tubing is even a thing down south. Austinites are always in search of a chance to chill. Looking for a cute lil’ spot to take your sweetheart? Need a respite from walking around in a hundred degrees (ps. Why are you walking?)? or just fancy ordering a pint of milky goodness to your front door? These ice cream specialists are just the icy solution.
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