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Salt & Straw

2035 NE Alberta St. (NE 21st Ave.) Send to Phone
503-208-3867
"Farm to Cone" ice cream scooped in northeast Portland.
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Salt & Straw, Portland, OR

Salt & Straw Restaurant Review

: Kim Malek has grown Salt & Straw from a single ice cream cart to a mini-chain of scoop shops with locations in Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her cousin Tyler Malek creates inventive, "farm to cone" flavors that have included black truffle, Meyer lemon buttermilk with blueberries, and Portland Creamery's goat cheese marionberry habanero. Samples of eccentric varieties --- buttered mashed potatoes and gravy makes an appearance around Thanksgiving --- are always available to sample if not necessarily plunge into for a full scoop. Guaranteed winners tend to be more conventional flavors like sea salt and caramel, chocolate brownie, or almond brittle with salted chocolate ganache. The siren smell of homemade waffle cones draws long lines, even on cold wet days. Happily, the line moves quickly, even though friendly staff will patiently allow you to taste every ice cream that tempts. All of the flavors derive their intensity from carefully sourced organic ingredients and a custard with a butterfat content even higher than Ben & Jerry's. Indulge anyway. Other locations.

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