Cold comfort in the form of frozen treats is a godsend this time of year in Austin. Lately we've been seeing a well-loved classic resurface, and there are plenty of places to find it. Here, five refreshing banana splits to try around town.
It doesn’t get more traditional than the banana split at 1886 Café and Bakery, tucked inside Driskill Hotel. The delicious spectacle arrives in a parfait glass piled high with house-made vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream. The sundae is dressed with sliced bananas and fresh strawberries, topped with a swirl of fresh whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and generous drizzles of caramel and hot fudge. 604 Brazos St., 512-391-7066
This popular Thai resto puts an innovative twist on the banana split that is not to be missed this season. Milk chocolate five spice, condensed milk, and cashew caramel swirl ice cream combine with chunks of black sesame brownies, candied cashews, coconut milk jam, and drunken cherries—finally, the dish is crowned with bananas, whipped cream, and festive rainbow sprinkles, to boot. 1417 S. First St., 512-326-1999
You can pick your poison at Sweet Ritual, where the vegan ice cream parlor creates banana splits with three scoops of ice cream (from coconut, almond, peanut, and cashew bases) and three toppings, which you can customize based on your preferences. Popular ice cream flavors include Cubano coffee, peanut butter cup, and Cinnamonkey Elephantastic (made with sunflower seed butter, roasted bananas, and cinnamon), while dairy-free and gluten-free toppings include salted caramel, marshmallows, peanut butter magic shell, and toasted coconut. 4631 Airport Blvd. #125, 512-666-8346
The northern Italian owners of this new gelato shop went bananas (literally) with their dessert creation, which features slices of the fruit placed around creamy banana gelato. The dessert is topped off with house-made chocolate and strawberry sauces, and crushed Texas pecans for an innovative take on the classic treat. 1701 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-549-1225
Visit this campus-area food trailer for a banana split sundae made from a vanilla ice cream base (dairy or coconut milk), which is also served with chopped bananas, pineapples, and strawberries. The treat is finished off with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, nuts, and a signature cherry on top for an Instagram-worthy dessert. 411 W. 23rd St., 512-720-0627