Amy’s Ice Cream is the reason Austinites have tossed their homemade ice-cream makers. Why go to all that trouble when it will never compare with Amy’s? Begun nearly three decades ago on a shoestring budget, this confectionary paradise has gone from a single store to several outlets, but every one features flawless, creamy, fatty-licious ice cream. Flavors change daily and range from the offbeat (Shiner Boch) to the simply sublime (Mexican Vanilla). Also, go for the entertainment: Workers don silly hats and toss chunks of lumpy ice cream into the air, sometimes even juggling it with spatulas, before mixing in bits of candy bars and nuts. Simply a treat for all the senses.

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