Nitrogen-frozen ice cream chilling in Vintage Park

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Imagine Bill Nye the Science Guy opened an ice cream shop — it’d be SUBZERO ICE CREAM & YOGURT! The shop opened in late September 2015. And this joint couldn’t come soon enough. I’ve been (trying to) make serious changes in my daily food and beverage intake. Yes, I’m jumping on the health bandwagon and going vegetarian— non-dairy pescatarian to be specific! And no, it doesn’t bother me that I’ll never have the succulent grease of a bacon cheeseburger running down my fingers ever again. But the dairy part? Holy cow— egh, I mean holy eggplant! I cannot enjoy life without cheese and ice cream. Luckily, I’ve discovered a new ice cream and yogurt shop that makes vegan and lactose-free ice cream! While not the only location in the Texas, it’s the only location in Houston.

You can make your creation vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free. 

I’m calling them scientist! Sub-Zero freezes your ice cream with nitrogen, giving you the option to choose coconut milk, almond milk or heavy cream for your base. The coconut and almond milk doesn’t make a super creamy alternative, but it’s still pretty delicious. As cool as it looks, nitrogen ice cream doesn’t permit free sampling before you commit. And they don’t have vegan waffle cones at this location. I’ll admit I was a little bummed.

The flavors are limited, but the combinations taste fantastic.

Nitrogen means whatever ingredients— so whatever flavors. The scientist can make custom confections using the basic elements: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Similar to Cold Stone Creamery and Marble Slab, the shop also has signature mixes with snazzy names including, my personal favorites, Magnetic Mint and Tropical Turbine.  Again, I’ll remind you the good taste is consistent, but the texture varies based on the milk you select.


The shop has pretty good hours compared to most ice cream places, closing around 10pm throughout the week. I’ve gone multiple times this month, and the parking hasn’t been an issue. However, the seating is super limited. It could be the enormous encased nitrogen tank, which a manager said started a little flack with the county fire marshal before they were allowed to open. Oh, and the giant line of customers that leads out the door. It’s so good!

So if you’re making this a sit-and-hang dessert run, I’d recommend walking next door to Whole Foods. The stores share a parking lot and the patio at Whole Foods is huge. The service is polite and moves quickly, but I wouldn’t go their expecting to be in-and-out in 10 minutes. I’m assuming the wait time will improve as the we get further out from the grand opening.

Location: 10123 Louetta Road Houston, TX 77070

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