Allandale is a great neighborhood to live in, as you may already know. One of the reasons why is because of the many great eateries in the area. A personal favorite is Lick Honest Ice Creams. The store I visit is at 6555 Burnet Road, #200, sandwiched in between other great shops.
I started wondering who the owners were and what brought them here originally. Anthony Sobotik from Hallettsville, Texas and Chad Palmatier from Lancaster, Pennsylvania met in New York in 2005. They connected on several levels including a love of delicious, freshly made ice cream using local ingredients. Since opening in the fall of 2011, Lick has become such an Allandale fixture that its parking lot is often full (which bodes well!). Thank goodness they had the smarts to secure additional parking along Burnet Road and behind the building. Plus you can always walk.
But why establish a presence in our neighborhood? Anthony and Chad were drawn to Allandale area for several reasons. To start with, ours is a family-focused hood with a strong sense of community (pride of ownership!). We can walk or cycle the neighborhood pretty readily, and we do. When Anthony was in college, he spent a good bit of time as an after-school advisor at a business off Burnet Road. That was when he became very familiar with the area and discovered how family-oriented it is. He sure got that right!
Back to the Food in Allandale!
I have no idea how much ice cream I’ve eaten over the years but it’s probably my #1 treat. That’s even more true because of the care Lick puts into their product. While not all ingredients are certified organic and non-GMO, many are. These days, customers often make special requests when it comes to what’s on a menu. Lick does its best to accommodate even the most discerning palate. These ice cream makers extraordinaire never use artificial flavor or colors, high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. If they can’t find ingredients that are locally grown, they do their best to acquire them from a small, local business, supporting sustainable farmers and responsible artisans. Their dairy source is Mill-King Market & Creamery in Waco. OMG, I’m salivating!
If you avoid the moo, Lick offers choices that are gluten free, non-dairy, vegetarian and vegan. No matter what you opt for, they’re all darn tasty, served up by the friendliest crew regardless of who’s working the shift! Yes, you can find vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavors. I encourage you to branch out though because some of the combinations will surprise and delight you. Fear not, ice cream adventurer, you can always ask for a tiny spoon sample! Don’t forget about the sandwiches either. Orange Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Caramel Salt Lick, and more.
Come one, come all. Support your local business owner and bring your family and friends to Lick Honest Ice Cream. You’ll be glad you did!
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Maria K. Benning, REALTOR