|Getting the scoop at Salt and Straw|
The flavor names sound like they’re plucked from a high-end bistro — take Honey Lemon Ricotta and Arbequina Olive Oil for example. This elevated tone around something as simple as ice cream made made me ask: Is Salt and Straw a tad too Portlandia for its own good? But after indulging in the Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, I had my answer. Indeed, this ice cream is a culinary achievement.
The night I went, there was a line out the door - and that was a weeknight. It wasn’t just adults enjoying the stuff. There were plenty of little kids in the industrial-chic surroundings slurping down high-end waffle cones at $3.75 a pop. And I mean little kids – like under six years old. Which made me hearken back to my own childhood, when a night out for ice cream meant a trip to Baskin-Robbins, or maybe Tastee Freez for a chocolate dip. I also couldn’t help but think that, if at age four, you acquire a taste for Honey Balsamic Strawberry with Cracked Pepper ice cream, a Drumstick from the Good Humor truck might not cut it anymore.
Lining up for artisan ice cream
Apparently, Oprah likes the stuff too. And it doesn’t get much better than that.
Salt and Straw
2035 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211