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

Retro touches can be found throughout the scoop shop like this bin of bottled soda drinks

Salt & Straw’s 23rd Avenue location is also a bakery, giving it a larger space for customers

The apple pie “sundae” was an apple hand-pie with a scoop of honey lavender ice cream.

Cool coffee station

Old-style ice cream scoopers

It was a wet day for ice cream, but I didn’t care

5 Responses to When Ice Cream is Chic and Novel

  1. Dave Nguyen says:

    Wow!!!! I need that Lavendar apple pie…. Very nice pics! Welcome to my world, ice cream on a cold day every weekend!

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    Salt & Straw is so creative. If you get a chance, try their prosciutto-melon one. It’s amazing.

    • Ben Ben says:

      Hmmm, that does sound nice. I should have studied the individual flavors more than going straight for the sundae. I think I felt overwhelmed. Got to plan a visit for the spring or summer!

  3. hungry dog says:

    Looks like a cute spot. Glad you broke your no-ice-cream-in-cold-weather rule. That apple pie sundae looks more than worth it!