It’s early May, and in Texas, we know what that means: summer is just a couple weeks away. Now, summer doesn’t technically start until June 20, but the way the weather goes in Dallas, you’d never know it!
Luckily, there’s a huge variety of places in Dallas where you can find a cool refreshment on a hot summer day. So arm yourself with this list and be ready to face those 100° days with tasty treats to beat the summer heat.
Concretes at Shake Shack
Shake Shack opened in Uptown in August 2016 to much excitement, having been an extremely popular burger chain in the Northeast since its opening in 2004. And while the burgers and fries are good, the name tells you what they’re really about: frozen treats. The shakes are decidedly awesome, but we’re suckers for their Concretes, frozen custard with a variety of mix-ins, including a design your own option! Adding these mix-ins, which are anything but average (one’s a slice of Emporium Pie!), makes this icy delight extra sweet and extra fun.
White Shake (Smoothie) at Brewed+Pressed
Sometimes you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, but you want to keep things on the healthier side. Enter the white shake from Brewed+Pressed. The white shake is actually a smoothie, its coldness coming from activated almond milk and frozen bananas rather than ice cream. With healthy superfood ingredients like taos and maca, this smoothie/shake is surprisingly delicious. Plus, you get to see it made on the spot by friendly baristas, so you know it’s going to be fresh. This white shake is on the pricey side, so it may not be an everyday indulgence. But if you want to enjoy something cool and refreshing, and feel healthy about it, stop in to Brewed+Pressed and grab a white shake.
Rimy Rita at The Rustic
This drink is an exclusively adult way to beat the heat! The base of this cocktail is a frozen margarita, but that’s only the first round of icy coolness this drink is going to bring you. In the margarita, the wonderful bartenders of The Rustic sneak in a sangria popsicle. That’s right, frozen sangria. In a margarita. With other liqueurs mixed in. This drink will definitely cool you down, but if you have too many it may knock you down too! So head over to The Rustic with some friends, listen to nightly live music, and indulge in your summer escape responsibly.
Popsicles at Steel City Pops
There’s something nostalgic about popsicles but Steel City Pops aren’t your ice cream truck popsicles! With a variety of flavors split into three categories: fruity, creamy, and cookie pops these popsicles are small-batch, organic, sweetened with only cane sugar, and made with absolutely nothing fake. They also have unique seasonal flavors, so head down with a big group and make some new memories this summer!
Ice Cream Sandwich at Coolhaus
No visit to Uptown is complete without a trip down to Klyde Warren Park. And if you’re in the park in the summer, a cold treat is practically a must. Thankfully, on food truck days, there’s Coolhaus. This mobile ice cream truck dishes up some super unique flavors like balsamic fig and mascarpone. They also serve fresh-baked cookies, creating the perfect opportunity for a sophisticated ice cream sandwich! Try one of their recommended flavor combos or create your own. Coolhaus’ ice cream sandwiches will cool you down unlike anything else, so slather on the SPF (eating ice cream may be refreshing but it can’t protect you from the Texas sun) and enjoy a sandwich and some sunshine!
Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite 403 (check website for truck availability)