Originating from Portland, Salt & Straw is now spreading ice cream joy from two locations in Los Angeles. I’ve only been to the one on Larchmont, so that’s the one I write about here, but I’m sure the shop on Abbot Kinney Blvd is just as nice.
The menu changes with season and the ingredients are sourced from select providers. There’s usually a line outside, especially after dinner time, when people in the area are heading for dessert at Salt & Straw.
The staff members are very friendly and generous with the samples, so If you’re curious about that avocado-strawberry sherbet, or not sure whether that goat cheese-black olive ice cream is really for you, don’t be afraid to ask if you could taste it.
The flavors might sound a little wild and crazy (Olives and Goat Cheese, I’m looking at you again), but when you taste it, you’ll discover that there’s actually a lot of thought behind each flavor, and you’ll wonder why nobody has come up with that earlier.
What to order? The almond brittle with salted ganache is impossible not to love.
• You can split the scoop and try two flavors.
• It’s street parking only and finding a place to park can be quite a challenge in the evening.