Cactus Flats, El Paso, TX

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.

Cactus Flats, El Paso, TX | In Search of a ScoopMainly 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!

Cactus Flats, El Paso, TX | In Search of a ScoopThe 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!Cactus Flats, El Paso, TX | In Search of a Scoop

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!Cactus Flats, El Paso, TX | In Search of a Scoop


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