Refreshing Raspado Spots in Metro Phoenix
Dedrick AUGUST 29, 2020 6:00AM
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Located on the NW Corner 19th Ave Baseline, Respados Phoenix Truck Next To CVS Pharmarcy Drive Thru
So much more than a Mexican snow cone, raspados Phoenix deserve proper respect. Typically composed of shaved ice doused in fruity syrups and finished with chunks of fresh fruit, lechera (sweetened condensed milk) and sometimes ice cream or tangy chamoy sauce, these shaved-ice showstoppers come in sweet, spicy, sour — or all of the above. Here are 10 Phoenix raspado spots worth the sip (and sticky fingers).
Frutilandia is like a Mexican Dairy Queen. Bright and cheery with a menu board with photos of all the frozen treats, this dessert hub serves up the standard raspadsos. But it’s the specialty drink board that will catch your eye — staggering feats garnished to the hilt with tasty toppers. Standouts include the pina coolada, a pineapple coconut concoction that starts with freshly shaved ice and ends with a generous heaping of coconut-pineapple ice cream, condensed milk, and dulce churro.It’s a sweet sip that combines house-made dulce de leche syrup, vanilla ice cream, and cajeta-filled churros.
Frutilandia’s Pina Coolada — one of 10 great raspados in town.
4149 North 83rd Avenue
All the raspado flavors at Raspados Guerrero use real fruit syrups made in-house, except one: bubblegum. It takes artificial ingredients to get that bluer-than-blue hue and sweeter-than-sweet flavor — not that the kid in you cares. For even more nostalgia, the Chicle-toni takes the bubblegum raspado and amplifies it by adding strawberries on the bottom and cotton candy ice cream on top. Holy sugar rush!
Bubblegum plus cotton candy equals Chicle-toni!
Oasis Raspado is turning raspados into a trendy treat — and it has the line to prove it. So, what to order? You can go for a solo flavor like strawberry, mango, coconut, or watermelon for shaved ice bathed in homemade syrup and fresh-cut fruit. Or turn it up a notch with obispo (two fruits and ice cream) and nieve (three fruits and ice cream). This place also serves mean mangoneadas and chamoyadas stacked with Japanese peanuts, serpentine candy, and chamoy for a slushie on the spicy side.
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Bubblegum raspado from Raspados Guerrero
4344 West Indian School Road, #29
Raspados Imperial, a family-owned standout on the west side, offers a wealth of antojitos, including elote, ceviche, crepes, and Cheetos bombs, but it’s raspasdos is famous. Take the popular passion mango, a two-toned treat that transforms a layered mango and strawberry raspado into an icy, spicy flavor bomb thanks to a torrent of toppers: vibrant mango spears, fresh strawberry, Japanese peanuts, spools of tamarind candy, drizzles of chamoy, and a dusting of Tajin.
Valesol is banana chocolate yum at Raspados Solaris.
9204 North Seventh Street, #6
Raspados Solaris takes raspados to new heights — literally. More than mere shaved ice concoctions, these dreamy desserts not only invite chocolate to the party (about time), but unusually cool toppers like tiramisu and Oreos, too. Points also for fancy flavors combos, like tiguiol (horchata and strawberry), and valesol (banana and chocolate), and solaris (tres leches and berries), and the chocolate-coated cup they’re served in.