Salt & Straw

Written by on March 26, 2014 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Portland, Oregon

Salt & Straw

How I heard of this place: We were searching for things to do in Portland during the days while my husband was at work and we were ready to play…and along came high reviews for Salt & Straw. Our plan to hit up each of the three locations throughout Portland was thwarted, but we still managed to sample one scoop shop’s fare!

Salt & Straw Retail

Type of cuisine: We’re Salt & Straw, Portland’s farm-to-cone ice cream shop. Our ice cream is handmade in small-batches using only all-naturaldairy with the best local, sustainable and organic ingredients Oregon has to offer, as well as imported flavors from small,handpicked farms and producers around the world. We start with fresh, local, all-natural cream from family owned farms in the Willamette Valley. Our ice cream is made with 17% butterfat, very little air in the churn process, and a low sweetness level…so the flavors can really shine through!

Salt & Straw Menu & Kitchen

Ambiance: A country home meets a circus tent with sleek and minimalist design. A hard space to capture in just a few simple words, yet the welcome is warm and inviting, and the focus certainly on the frozen treats!

Salt & Straw Space

What I ordered: Too full for a full scoop (or two), I sampled my way through the establishment along with my friends, one of whom ordered a thick vanilla milkshake and the other selected two scoops: one of the Strawberry Honey Balsamic and the second a scoop of the Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon. I sampled everything from the Salted Caramel Cupcake (too sweet and extremely salty), the Lumberjack Stack (very mapley and not enough pancake), and the Honey Balsamic Strawberry with Cracked Pepper (pretty amazing), to the Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon (may have been the favorite) and the Pear with Blue Cheese (definite favorite)!

Salt & Straw Cones & Kitchen

What I loved: I was stunned, surprised and intrigued by my absolute favorite: Pear with Blue Cheese! The Stumptown Coffee a very close second, and the Honey Balsamic Strawberry with Cracked Pepper a flavorful, sweet surprise coming in third.

Salt & Straw Registers & Seating

Why I loved it: Simple ingredients, healthy sample sizes and amazingly creative flavors worth an out-of-the-way drive.

Cost: High ($3 – $8 per serving)

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