If you were to do a quick google search of “what to eat in Portland” Salt & Straw would come up on every list. Guaranteed. Ice cream parlors have joined the ranks of TV shows and movies in terms of building up cult followings (Have you seen Wet Hot American Summer yet?). I mean, it wasn’t until Gelato Messina opened in Melbourne that I even started liking ice cream. Now I cult-ly follow it all over town, as we did with Salt & Straw when we were in Portland.
My sister only had one full day there so Salt & Straw became priority. Since we had no time to waste, we took a taxi. We were expecting a grunt from our driver after telling him where we were going. Our too-large smiles and overwhelming enthusiasm would have annoyed even our mother. His face went serious as he confessed that he wished less tourists knew about the artisanal ice cream. “There’s always a line now so you can never get in” he said.
We tried to look like locals but my backpack and camera were dead giveaways. He continued, “You know, there are so many food places in Portland that don’t deserve attention. At least Salt & Straw does. It’s actually really good!”
Our excitement levels shot through the taxi.
Before we could get a word in he suggested that if we try the Stumptown Coffee and Burnside Bourbon flavor if we like coffee, and if we were feeling like something basic we should choose the sea salt caramel ribbons. “BUT!” he added, “If you like chunks you must, must, must get the chocolate gooey brownie.”
I honestly thought that Salt & Straw found our hotel reservation and sent a hype man disguised as a driver to fetch us. As it turns out, I had found the taxi driver of my dreams.
He was totally right about everything.
There is so much more to love about Salt & Straw than it’s cult following and mouthwatering flavors. The branding and cute take away tubs are excellent. The staff is ridiculously friendly accommodating and patient. Plus, the companies “farm to cone” concept is on point.
Don’t even get me started on the smell of the handmade waffle cones!
Salt & Straw
3345 SE Division St. Portland, OR
2035 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR
838 NW 23rd ave. Portland, OR