One of the perks of being an adult is finally having the funds do what everything you’ve always wanted to as a kid. In my case, eat as much ice cream as I want. Perhaps it comes with age, but typical ice cream flavors like strawberry, vanilla, or rocky road in typical ice cream shops like Baskin Robbins or Cold Stone Creamery are no longer sufficient for my “sophisticated” adult taste buds.
When it comes to satisfying my sweet tooth, ice cream will always be my go-to dessert. One ice cream shop that has instantly become a favorite of mine is the newly-opened Salt & Straw in Los Angeles’ Larchmont Village.
Originally a Portland establishment, Salt & Straw recently made its way to Southern California, opening their doors for the first time in early September, thus making countless Angelenos who can’t easily fly to Portland (i.e.: me) very very happy.
A good friend of mine, Justine, and I first visited the store on a Wednesday night and were lucky enough to arrive before the crowd, which can easily trail out the door. The decor itself was charming and quaint, and the design subtly intertwined the old-fashioned (menu board written in chalk) with the modern (iPad registers).
To say that Salt & Straw’s menu is adventurous would be an understatement. Where else would I find unique flavors such as Tomato Water Ojai Olive Oil or Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese?
A notable flavor is the black olive brittle and goat cheese, which tastes just like goat cheese mixed with cold cream. The flavor can be quite intense for those who aren’t fans of cheeses like goat cheese or gorgonzola, but I remember liking it and not exactly know why I like it. I couldn’t really verbalize what made it taste good in my tongue… I just knew it did, and I knew better not to question it.
And for the most part, that’s exactly what their ice cream is all about. The flavors are distinct and unique and initially intimidating to be honest, but once you stop your brain from questioning the compatibility of avocados and strawberries or black olives and goat cheeses, you just know they’re good as soon as you try them. In some odd twisted unexplainable way, the flavors work, and the next thing you know you’re secretly whispering to yourself, “Damn, that’s good!” after every bite.
What’s exciting about Salt & Straw is customers can try as many sample ice creams as they wish before making a decision. Justine, who is as big of an ice cream enthusiast as I am, and I leaped out of our comfort zones and sampled 10 different flavors before narrowing down to 4 (see above). Our favorites include Sea Salt & Caramel Ribbons, Stumptown Coffee, Toasted Coconut with Candied Macadamia Nuts, and Sweet Corn.
Salt & Straw is easily one of best ice cream shops in Los Angeles. Easily. With a number of both rare and classic flavors to choose from, Salt & Straw has something to offer to anyone willing to give their taste buds an adventure.
Must go back soon!
Anicka “screaming for ice cream” Nadine
Salt & Straw
240 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004