Kansas City’s famous for hot barbecue. But its frozen treats are building a cool reputation, too.
By Sarah Gish
This month, Travel and Leisure named Kansas City one of the best U.S. cities for ice cream. Now Yahoo! Travel has KC at the top of its “5 Cities for Ultimate Snow Cones” list, which also includes Baltimore, New Orleans and Hawaii. Yep, the whole state is famous for what locals call “shave ice.”
According to the travel site, “Kansas City may be on the cutting edge of the foodie-friendly snowball” thanks to Little Freshie, a from-scratch soda and snow cone shop at 811 W. 17th St. Little Freshie’s all-natural snow cone flavors include watermelon basil, pineapple and serrano pepper, strawberry rhubarb and (my favorite) mango ginger.
Other snow cone shops in the metro include Miami Ice, 1624 W. 39th St., Tropical Sno, 13416 Holmes Rd., and Brain Freeze Shaved Ice, 6270 Jefferson Ave. in Parkville. In Lawrence, the go-to snow cone spot is Tad’s Tropical Sno, 939 Iowa St.
For slightly more portable popsicles or ice pops, I recommend Paleterias Tropicana, which has locations in KC as well as Kansas City, Kan., Shawnee and Independence. The Star’s Jenee Osterheldt has even more recommendations for frozen treats in KC here.
Where do you go to get your brain freeze on in KC? Tweet us @chowtownkc.
Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. She also writes and styles a monthly cooking feature for The Star’s food section and tweets @sarah_gish.