365 Things to Do in Memphis #58: Have a Paleta at La Michoacana

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 27th 2012 10498 0

You may refuse to turn your air conditioner on before April, but it’s never too early in the year for a paleta.

Plus, what better way to celebrate the early onslaught of spring than with a cold treat?

Paletas are Mexican popsicles. Texture-wise, they’re just like regular popsicles, but the flavors are a little more dramatic than you’d find in an ice cream truck. Today, I had a bright pink pinenut paleta. It was cream-based and mildly sweet and nutty (it had little pinenuts mixed in).

And because one paleta is never quite enough, I went back for a chili-mango one.

Pinenut paleta from La Michoacana, Memphis, Tenn.

Chili paletas at La Michoacana, Memphis, Tenn.

I’m not sure how it works, but there’s something about the combination of spicy chili and sweet tropical fruits that’s absolutely wonderful. The first few bites are a little strange, but it gets addictive quickly.

La Michoacana is open year round. They serve ice cream, small Mexican dishes (nachos, elote) and paletas. Each paleta costs about $2, and there’s no shame in going back for seconds.

Go there:

La Michoacana

4091 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN 38122
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  1. Anna says:

    The rose petal is also awesome.

  2. […] it’s desserts you’re looking for, you came to the right place. At La Michoacana you’ll find only the most authentic paletas (Mexican popsicles). At Jerry’s Sno Cones, try the […]

  3. Becky Wilkins says:

    I love this place! I'm trying to find out who they lease their space from? The surrounding area is such a mess and their landlord should be hounded to clean it up. It shouldn't be tolerated by proud memphians!



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