Food & Drink

San Antonio's icehouses have evolved, but they still fulfill a community need to gather

You won't find a massive walk-in freezer stocked with huge blocks of crystal clear ice at any of these establishments, but you'll find plenty of outdoor space that capitalizes on San Antonio's weather.

By Nina Rangel

Today, the term "icehouse" evokes visions of convivial conversation, shaded seating and cold longnecks slick with condensation. Back in the 1840s — when scholars agree Texas icehouses made their debut — the gathering spots were more utilitarian than social...

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