On my first trip to El Paso, I knew I needed to try some local ice cream. I was surprised to learn there weren’t a lot of options for the homemade stuff, but one of the most highly recommended options was Cactus Flats.
Mainly a pizza place, Cactus Flats is the kind of comfy place you’d envision when you think of a hometown pizza spot. But unlike most pizza places, they don’t carry ice cream bars or the cheapest ice cream around. They make their own!
The menu is rather limited, for ice cream, and they had four flavors when I was there: strawberry, pine nut, pecan and mango. Your order comes with up to three (cold) toppings, which is fun. (Don’t come here expecting a fancy sundae, but if you’d like nuts or sprinkles with that, this is going to be a fun place for you!)
I chose pine nut, and the woman scooping ice cream recommended coconut to go with it. I also added white chocolate chips, since it was include. Portions here are very good size, with a very large scoop running only $3.25 with tax.
Here’s what I thought of it!
Pine nut – This is a very bright, creamy and satisfying ice cream. It’s got a smooth base, with some pine nuts sprinkled throughout of course. It’s an awesome texture, and I found it really enjoyable.
Given the limited menu, I probably won’t make this a destination again, but if I’m in the neighborhood, or I need some “real food” and pizza sounds good, I will definitely come here again. The service was very good and the ice cream was delicious!
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