Austin's 4 best spots to score ice desserts on a budget

Photo: SnoMo/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 04, 2020.

Looking to sample the best shaved ice around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable shaved ice spots in Austin, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike.

1. Snomo

Photo: SnoMo/Yelp

Topping the list is SnoMo. Located at 11220 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite B275, the spot to score bubble tea, shaved ice and ice cream and frozen yogurt is the highest-rated cheap shaved ice spot in Austin, boasting 4.5 stars out of 480 reviews on Yelp.

The site can tell you a thing or two more about SnoMo.

In May 2014, Taiwanese UT alums, Ming Chen and John Sun, came up with the idea for found their own shop. 

"They were frustrated year after year with the fact that no one sells snow ice in Austin. So they took matters into their own hands and SnoMo was born," according to the history section of the business' Yelp profile.

Known for its award-winning creations, the business' menu features "snow ice, bubble tea, shaved ice, waffles, Asian desserts and snacks," it notes on Yelp in the section explaining specialties. 

2. Shaved Ice Island

Photo: Miranda N./Yelp

Shaved Ice Island, located at 2701 W. William Cannon Drive, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the low-priced food truck and caterer spot, which offers shaved ice and more, five stars out of 65 reviews. 

The site has lots more information about Shaved Ice Island. The business started serving its signature creations from a big island themed truck named Bubba, which is now used exclusively for catering, notes its Yelp profile. 

When it comes to specialities, this spot is known for "gourmet shaved ice recipes as well as standard time-tested flavors that everybody loves," it states on its Yelp page. "We focus on quality! Fun creative recipes, made-from-scratch syrups, compostable cups and more!"

3. Jim-Jim's Water-Ice

Photo: Amanda S./Yelp

Jim-Jim's Water-Ice, a spot to score homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, desserts and shaved ice located downtown, is another much-loved, affordable go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 167 Yelp reviews. Head over to 615 E. Sixth St., Suite A to see for yourself. 

If you're hungry for more, we found these details about Jim-Jim's Water-Ice, which offers Italian ice snow-cones, homemade

Yelper Sabah B., who reviews the business on July 14, shared, "I love this place! ...So many options, and they give samples. The shaved ice is so soft. Probably the best snow cone I've had in a very long time. I'll definitely be back. My only wish is that [it] carried more sugar-free options!"

4. Yeti Sunshine

Photo: Scott T./Yelp

Last but not least, there's Yeti Sunshine, a Zilker favorite with 4.5 stars out of 42 reviews. Stop by 1210 Barton Springs Road to hit up the food truck, which offers shaved ice, ice cream and frozen yogurt and more, next time you're in the mood for cheap eats. 

We turned there to learn more about Yeti Sunshine, which specializes in handcrafted shaved ice and Italian sodas using real fruit syrups. 

Yelper Opal T., who reviewed the business on July 28, wrote, "Gourmet. Cool. Delicious...Yeti Sunshine's snow cones are like no other!...Lime, Thai basil, hibiscus mint, cucumber mint, oh my! Perfectly shaved ice and perfectly sweetened!"

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