When researching some of the best spots to eat in Portland, a constant name came up repeatedly; Salt & Straw. Known for their delicious ice cream and wacky flavors, I made it a definite on our mental “Portland-Must Eat” list.
Their are numerous Salt & Straw locations in the Portland area, and believe me when I say they all are crazy busy. On multiple occasions during our trip we’ve visited numerous stores, and each time they all had a line out the door. We woefully deemed the crowd unavoidable, and proceeded to fall in queue.
During an entire 60 minutes of longing, we discovered some interesting options. Does Petunia’s Coconut Mint Chip Whoopie Pie tickle your fancy? How about some Pear and Blue Cheese? You heard me, cheese flavored ice cream. They have a set of permanent flavors that are considered their ‘classics’, as well as themed flavors that rotate monthly.
Jarden went more traditional and stuck to what he knew this time; Chocolate Gooey Brownie. My curious and fickle mind was pleased to find out that they had a flight option, in which I solely tried 4 flavors of ice cream.
Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache? Just as good as you think it would be. I’m shocked to admit that the other three flavors I tried were delicious, despite the oddity of some of them. The Strawberry Balsamic and Honey Vinegar Milk Sorbet were both sweet with a twist, but all very balanced. The Arbequina Olive Oil was tasty and one of my favorites. Hard to describe how olive oil works as an ice cream, but I won’t question it.
Overall Salt & Straw was a wonderful dining experience, as well as a family fun dessert option. They have a wonderful ambience that they uphold, and the employees were some of the most helpful and friendly. We’d definitely recommend Salt & Straw for some eclectic and tasty ice cream!
Salt & Straw
838 NW 23rd Ave.