Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hank’s Ice Cream

Well before the deluge of commercial manufacturers, ice cream was an extravagance, made in small batches through an achingly slow, labor-intensive process. Today, ice cream is king. Little kids long for it, summer virtually belongs to it, and other desserts are even sauced with it. But where can you go to avoid the corporate mongers and find the ice cream of your youth? Simple: Hank’s.

A Houston institution for 20+ years, Hank’s has always produced ice cream the old-fashioned way: slowly, by hand, using fresh ingredients. The bright and humble parlor showcases eighteen delicious flavors each day, rotating from a list of nearly 100. Devotees swear by the butter pecan -- but really, you can’t go wrong with any flavor. I love the dulce de leche, cake batter, and chocolate chip. Beyonce always gets banana pudding :)

Bluebell is good, yes. But Hank’s is a true ice cream experience: An intensely creamy, achingly rich, addictively tasty dessert served with a side of nostalgia.

Hank’s Ice Cream - 9291 S. Main (near Reliant Stadium)

Yup, that’s Hank on the right!


cb said...

I love Hank's! I don't live in Houston anymore but when I go visit I usually try to fit Hank's in.

My favorite is Almond Joy. MMMM!

Eileen said...

Mike took me here on a high school date once. It was raining so I stayed in the car while he ran in to get ice cream. He asked what I wanted and I said, "surprise me." He brought back chocolate-orange ice cream. That is why I'm marrying him.

makia lloyd said...

I lived in houston in those aparments by hanks and lenny subs and mamas kithchen..... hanks was the best ice cream i have ever had for my whole 15 years..

We love you hank!!!! =)

mary said...

i live in NW houston and theres a place called mcneils creamery that serves hanks ice cream. it is THE best ice cream ive ever had. i always take my friends and family there and they agree. every flavor is beyond words. i also love how they serve italian ice mmm.

ps- this is my first time visiting this blog and i appreciate the recommendations. i will be trying out some of the taco places and whatever else i see!