It rained all week during my Portland trip, so I had to break one of my rules of eating – never eat ice cream on a cold day. I knew that come rain or come shine, I had to try the artisan ice cream at Salt & Straw.
The boutique-like premium ice cream shop was named a favorite by Saveur Magazine. I checked out its newest location on 23rd Avenue in the ritzy Northwest neighborhood known as Nob Hill in the Alphabet District.
The store sells a variety of pastries, teas, and coffee, but everyone’s there for the ice cream, made by hand in small batches and using inventive flavors highlighting the ingredients of Oregon. I ended up trying an apple pie sundae, which turned out to basically be an apple hand-pie served with a scoop of honey lavender ice cream. (Not exactly a sundae, more like pie ala mode.)
Both the hand-pie and ice cream were quality stuff, the hand-pie tasty with flakey crust and the ice cream rich and a distinct lavender flavor. I was with my sister and 6-year-old niece (who only eats vanilla, boring) and my sister felt the ice cream was a bit too sweet.
Still, I thought Salt & Straw was a cute shop. It’s a quaint spot to hangout, serving up luxurious ice cream that’ll brighten up any rainy day.
Salt & Straw, scoop shop and bakery, 838 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, Ore. PH: 971.271.8168. Open daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. saltandstraw.com
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