Whenever our family travels, we always make sure to stop at an ice cream shop to indulge in our favorite cool treat. While in Portland I made sure a visit to Salt & Straw was on the itinerary.
Salt & Straw's handmade ice cream is made with all-natural dairy and local ingredients, as well as some imported ingredients from handpicked farms and producers worldwide.
The result - ice cream so good (they use 17% butterfat, for a nice, rich and creamy base) that people from around the world visit to get a taste of their ice cream, sometimes even waiting in very long lines!
Our family thought the ice cream was so good that we ended up going twice!
The first time we went was on a Friday evening around 6pm. There was no line and we walked right in. The second time we went on a Monday night at about 8pm, and the line was about 30 people deep! We were not about to let a long line discourage us from indulging in some delicious ice cream.
And I'm glad we went the second time, because I found my most favorite flavor of ice cream ever...
|Salted Caramel Cupcake|
|Double Bock Bacon Ale|
|Chocolate with Gooey Brownies|
|Sea Salt Ice Cream with Caramel Ribbon|
On our first visit I had the Salted Caramel Cupcake - a "Blast from the Past" flavor that one of the employees said was the most popular from the "Blast from the Past" list. It was a bit on the sweeter side because of the cupcake, but it was still very delicious. My husband chose the Double Bock Bacon Ale, which he enjoyed, but I didn't really care for it since I could taste the beer. My kids loved the Chocolate with Gooey Brownies (I gave it a taste and it was indeed very yummy!).
On the second visit, my kids got the Chocolate with Gooey Brownies again, and my husband got the Salted Caramel Cupcake. I got the Sea Salt Ice Cream with Caramel Ribbon, which I LOVED! I'm actually not a very big caramel fan, but after reading about the flavor, and overhearing people in line talk about the flavor, I had to try it.
I'm so glad I did.
It was such a magnificent combination of sweet and salty, and it is now my favorite ice cream.
There are many other different flavors that Salt & Straw offers, but I know I'd just get this flavor again and again (and simply taste my family members' choices).
Don't be discouraged if you see a long line.
It's totally worth the wait.
Salt & Straw
2035 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211