Birmingham, Alabama export Steel City Pops opened its first Texas location today on Lower Greenville in the space previously occupied by Zubar. (Seriously, is there anything more indicative of the Avenue's gentrification than the transformation of a nightclub into a gourmet popsicle shop?) The small retail area is simply furnished with a few barstools for customers, though most will probably choose to take their frozen pops outside to the benches that line the front patio.
Said frozen pops are divided into two categories: On the "fruity" side there's varieties like pineapple-jalapeno, hibiscus, cucumber-lime, cantaloupe and strawberry-balsamic, while the "creamy" category includes expected flavors like vanilla bean and chocolate, plus buttermilk, cherry-sour cream, avocado and coffee, which has a layer of espresso grounds embedded in it for a little extra kick.
While some will no doubt balk at paying $3 (that's $2.77 plus tax) for a single pop, it's worth pointing out that Steel City Pops are made on-site with fresh fruit, organic cane or raw sugar and no artificial ingredients. All the pops are also (essential buzzword alert!) gluten-free, and the fruity pops are vegan.
Steel City Pops is open Sunday through Thursday from noon-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon-10 p.m. A second Texas location in Fort Worth's West 7th district is slated to open in a month or so.
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