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7 places in Houston’s East End for cold food and drink

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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.

In previous weeks, we’ve told you about icy refreshments in Montrose, the Heights, downtown Houston, Third Ward and Asiatown. This week, we’re heading to the East End for mangonadas, icy frappes and concha ice cream sandwiches.

Lavender iced latte and charcoal iced latte at Brass Tacks.

Lavender iced latte and charcoal iced latte at Brass Tacks.

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Brass Tacks

Quench your thirst with coffee or cocktails at this EaDo haven boasting the best of both restaurant and coffee bar worlds. Get a nitro cold brew, or something more decadent like the mocha frappe, and snack on tacos or a banh mi. Prefer your espresso with a shot of booze? Brass Tacks has martinis, mules and margaritas too.

Find it: 612 Live Oak St, Houston, TX 77003; (713) 352-7626
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-midnight 

Magnolia's Ice Cream & More is known for their Mangonada Magnolia Supreme and Mustang Deluxe mangonadas.

Magnolia’s Ice Cream & More is known for their Mangonada Magnolia Supreme and Mustang Deluxe mangonadas.

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Magnolia’s Ice Cream & More

The “& more” in Magnolia’s Ice Cream & More carries plenty of weight, with the shop touting fruit sherbets, snow cones, sorbets and frozen chamoy drinks, along with house-made ice cream. Keep things simple with a mangonada or Oreo cookie sundae, or try something over-the-top like the watermelon sour, a sweet and tangy dessert made with watermelon and lemon-lime sherbet, fresh fruit and spicy chamoy candy slices. 

Find it: 6421 Brady St, Houston, TX 77011; (713) 926-7472
Hours:  Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Popston

The gourmet popsicle shop with a cult following opened a brick-and-mortar store in The Plant in 2nd Ward. The icy treats on a stick come in flavors like key lime, strawberries and cream, and chamoy with tajin, and they are vegan and gluten-free.

Find it: 3401 Harrisburg Blvd Suite B, Houston, TX 77003

In addition to beer, wine and cocktails, find an array of frozens at Truck Yard.

In addition to beer, wine and cocktails, find an array of frozens at Truck Yard.

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Truck Yard

With live music, a working ferris wheel and rotating food trucks, this sprawling, multi-level patio bar is a fun place to hang in the East End, but it can get hot, so cooling down with one of the frozens is a must. The frosé packs a double punch of booze with frozen rosé wine and berry vodka, while the salted watermelon margarita is a tart, fruity take on the classic frozen bev’.

Find it: 2118 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77003; (713) 855-9666
Hours: Sunday, noon-midnight; Monday-Wednesday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Thursday, noon-midnight; Friday-Saturday, noon-2 a.m.

Toute Suite has a full coffee bar with plenty of iced varieties.

Toute Suite has a full coffee bar with plenty of iced varieties.

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Tout Suite

This all-day cafe slings all of the usual coffee shop drinks, but on an exceptionally hot day, the iced red eye—made with cold brew and espresso—caffeinates and refreshes. Have it as is, or amp it up with tapioca balls. If you lounge around long enough to make happy hour, take advantage of discounted cocktails like the fresh strawberry bellini and Champagne mojito.

Find it: 2001 Commerce St, Houston, TX 77002; (713) 227-8688
Hours: Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Treats of Mexico offers a unique twist on the ice cream sandwich by nestling the scoops inside a concha.

Treats of Mexico offers a unique twist on the ice cream sandwich by nestling the scoops inside a concha.

Courtesy: Treats of Mexico

Treats of Mexico

As the name hints, you’ll find delectable Mexican treats to cool down with at this East End shop. The mangonada is decadent with sweet and spicy flavors, while ice cream sandwiches, made with house-made ice cream and built on artisan conchas, put a fun spin on the classic dessert.

Find it: 724 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX 77023; (713) 737-5958
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Voodoo Queen Daiquiri Dive is worth a visit in Eado.

Voodoo Queen Daiquiri Dive is worth a visit in Eado.

Jamaal Ellis, Freelance / For the Houston Chronicle

Voodoo Queen Daiquiri Dive


In lieu of beer or a cocktail, wind down with one of Voodoo Queen’s hand-blended daiquiris. Beach vacation-themed beverages come in imaginative varieties like the Lay-Z Islander with coconut, rumchata and Bacardi 151, and the Banana Hammock, combining two ripe bananas with rum. Proceed with caution—daiquiris like the Caribbean Xanax, coined “the suicide soda of daiquiris,” are tasty but potent.

Find it: 322 Milby St, Houston, TX 77003
Hours: Sunday, noon-2 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, noon-2 a.m.



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