You Dallas natives know just how hot it gets in the summer, and you newcomers will find out quickly how unbearable it can be. The average high temperature for the months of June, July and August is 94 degrees Fahrenheit.
With a temperature that high, you will need a way to cool off, and unfortunately not everyone has a pool in his or her backyard. Dallas is home to many refreshing sweet-treat dining options.
Steel City Pops
Steel City Pops situated on Lower Greenville Avenue serves over 22 creamy and fruity all-natural and certified organic popsicles. No artificial sugars or flavors are added. With each season comes new flavors. The classics include chocolate, avocado, peanut butter, strawberry lemonade and sweet tea selling for $3 a pop. Steel City Pops also sells cookie pops with chocolate chip cookies and brownies inside. There are four other Dallas area locations to get your popsicle fix, and make sure you grab a handful of napkins on your way out – you’ll need them.
If you haven’t tried rolled ice cream, you need to add it to your summer bucket list. Chills 360 is the first Dallas restaurant to serve rolled ice cream. Each order is made individually to the customer’s taste. With eight options on the menu and over a dozen toppings from which to choose, no order is the same. The liquid base is poured onto a cold slab and then the toppings are mixed in. The cream slowly hardens and is then rolled into five cylinders. Chills 360 is definitely worth the wait.
- 2646 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
The Grove at Harwood
In the Harwood District, you’ll find a red food truck called The Grove that serves snow cones for adults and children. With over 25 flavors, including bubblegum, Georgia peach and tiger’s blood, to choose from, customers are bound to find at least one they like. For those 21 and up, the adult flavors have an added ingredient. The Bourbon Bomber has cola flavor with Maker’s Mark bourbon. The Pretty Woman includes strawberry flavor with whipped cream vodka. If those don’t sound refreshing, maybe The Drunken Smurf, blue raspberry flavor topped with berry vodka, will cool you off. If you stick around, you can play sand volleyball or a round of corn hole, too. The Grove is now open for the spring and summer season.
- 3019 McKinnon St, Dallas, TX 75201
Encanto Pops is a paleteria located in the Bishop Arts District. The company serves cream and water based pops including Mexican chocolate, cookies and lime, beets and soursop and watermelon and hibiscus. These aren’t your average ice cream flavors found at TCBY. Encanto Pops is open Tuesday through Sunday from 12pm to 8pm – perfect for an afternoon stroll through Bishop Arts.
- 831 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
The Highland Park Soda Fountain
The Highland Park Soda Fountain has been feeding families for over a century, and its “world famous” milkshakes are still served in frosty glasses. The overflow is served in a metal container to top off your shake. Step back in time for an afternoon filled with memorabilia from over the decades.
- 3229 Knox St, Dallas, TX 75205
If you’re planning on sticking around Dallas this summer, be sure to keep these places in mind.