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7 places for refreshing food and drink in Katy

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Welcome to the Summer of Sweat. Every week until it hits 70, we’ll tell you...

Welcome to the Summer of Sweat. Every week until it hits 70, we’ll tell you where to find refreshing eats and drinks to cool off in every Houston neighborhood.

Egg waffle ice cream cones are the specialty at Bubble Egg.

Egg waffle ice cream cones are the specialty at Bubble Egg.

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Bubble Egg

Sweet and savory bubble egg waffles are made to order, and serve as a mouthwatering cradle for scoops of ice cream at this Katy Asian Town gem. Toppings like marshmallows, candy and cereal are sometimes assembled to mimic cute bear faces, making the frozen treat twice the fun.

Find it: 23119 Colonial Pkwy Unit B-17, Katy, TX 77449; (832) 913-3899
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Gong Cha has a location at Katy Asian Town, and is known for its milk teas with boba.

Gong Cha has a location at Katy Asian Town, and is known for its milk teas with boba.

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Gong Cha

This milk tea bar has multiple locations around Houston, including one in Katy Asian Town. Find subtly sweet classic iced milk tea with add-ons like boba and milk foam, or spring for a fruit-forward watermelon tea. Take your pick from different pearls and fruit-flavored jellies to build the ultimate refreshment.

Find it: 23119 Colonial Pkwy Suite B9, Katy, TX 77449; (832) 913-8578
Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 

La Argentina is a family-owned gelato shop in Katy.

La Argentina is a family-owned gelato shop in Katy.

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La Argentina Gelato

Following in her father Daniel Mansilla’s footsteps—an Argentine gelato maker who had a shop in Maracaibo, Venezuela—Florencia Mansilla opened La Argentina Gelato in Katy in 2016. The shop touts elevated flavors like pavlova, vanilla caramel flan, and Daniel’s chocolate, which combines chocolate gelato with chocolate cake, dulce de leche fudge and chocolate fudge. As if the gelato doesn’t impress on its own, there are toppings like crunchy Belgian chocolate chips. 

Find it: 3750 Mason Rd #200, Katy, TX 77450; (832) 437-1082
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 12:30-8:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 12:30-9:30 p.m.

The icy grass jelly is a signature of Meet Fresh in Katy Asian Town.

The icy grass jelly is a signature of Meet Fresh in Katy Asian Town.

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Meet Fresh

Cool down with a mountain of mangoberry shaved ice at Meet Fresh in Katy Asian Town. The oversized, milky treat pairs equal parts mango and berries, for a sky-high dessert resulting in bite after fruit-filled bite. For something heartier, try the shop’s signature icy grass jelly bowls, topped with cream.

Find it:  9393 Bellaire Blvd Suite I, Houston, TX 77036; (832) 582-5994
Hours: Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Six-packs of Cali Boy beer at No Label Brewing in Katy.

Six-packs of Cali Boy beer at No Label Brewing in Katy.

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No Label Brewing

There are few better ways to quench your thirst on a sweaty day than with an ice cold beer, and in Katy, No Label Brewing is the place to do it. There is a taproom and patio, where spirited groups pack in for a pint after work or on a lazy Sunday. Keep up with the brewery’s busy calendar of events, including trivia nights, live music and family-friendly movie nights. 

Find it: 5351 1st St, Katy, TX 77493; (281) 693-7545
Hours: Sunday, noon-10 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-11 p.m.

Brownie sundae at Ritter's Frozen Custard in Katy.

Brownie sundae at Ritter’s Frozen Custard in Katy.

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Ritter’s Frozen Custard

This frozen custard kiosk, complete with a drive-thru, is a destination for straightforward sweet, creamy desserts. Keep things simple with a single flavor in a cup or a waffle cone, or get adventurous with a whipped cream-topped sundae or a cookie dough-packed glacier.

Find it: 3427 N Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77449; (281) 646-8600
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Tobiuo

This Cinco Ranch sushi restaurant features a pretty stellar cocktail program, but during the dog days of summer, they are offering off-the-menu mojito specials. Fruit-forward flavors of the classic mint cocktail, like lime, mango and strawberry, are available for $10 all day long.

Find it: 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Suite H130, Katy, TX 77494; (281) 394-7156
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.



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