Salt and Straw is a farm to cone ice cream shop that makes everything in small batches using local, organic and sustainable ingredients. So Portland right?
I remember when they first opened their NE Alberta shop and there was maybe a couple people in front of me but now that would be a small miracle. Their flavors are unique and can change with the season (honey balsamic strawberry with cracked black pepper, Meyer lemon and basil, smoked Hefeweizen or how about pear and blue cheese?). It doesn’t matter if it’s raining and cold outside or whether it’s sunny and worthy of ice cream weather because the line will be there waiting for you. Just accept it. I honestly have no patience for their queues but recently braved it because friends from out of town were curious and wanted a treat after dinner. The line was about the same before we left for dinner as when we got back from it and it wrapped around the corner and down the block. We started lining up sometime after 10pm and got in the store at 11pm. No we didn’t order yet. The line continued just like the rides at Disneyland when you think you’ve made it to the front until you see even more people snaked around the perimeter of the store. You can skip this whole process if you buy your favorite flavors by the pint or want to order something wacky like an espresso at an ice cream shop. And I’ll probably do this next time I get a hankering for their ice cream.
I will say that once you get real close to ordering, they do something that actually makes this line go faster than it normally would. A staff member starts asking people what they would like to sample and I was a pig and got 3 samples: Arbequina olive oil (meh), cinnamon snickerdoodle (very good), honey balsamic strawberry with pepper (very good). But I ended up getting a one scoop/half and half (their scoops are HUGE) and their one scoop is really 2 scoops anywhere else. My flavors were almond brittle with salted ganache (excellent) and sea salt ice cream with caramel ribbon (bomb). Next time I will just get the latter which was worth the hour wait if you have nothing else to do but seriously ain’t nobody got time for that!
My friends and I all ended up with a headache the next day. Ahhh the sugar high.