Kids tasting Salt & Straw ice cream. Credit: JiaYing Grygiel
Salt & Straw, Seattle
You have to be a confident ice cream business to open new stores in winter, which is exactly what Salt & Straw did a couple of years ago. The legendary Portland foodie favorite arrived in Seattle in February 2018, launching its first Emerald City locations in Ballard and Capitol Hill. (A third local shop opened in Kirkland last fall.)
You can smell eau de waffle cones before you get to the entrance. Inside, the scoopers will literally let you sample every single flavor, so I did, thank you very much. The only flavor I tasted and didn’t like was Beecher’s cheese with peppercorn toffee. I like cheese, I don’t like peppercorns and I definitely didn’t want either of those in my ice cream.
The Portland import partnered with Seattle stars for several new flavors. Besides Beecher’s cheese, there’s Ellenos yogurt and matcha, Rachel’s raspberry ginger beer and Elm coffee and Westland whiskey.
Pro tip: Try the tasting flight (four golf-ball-sized scoops), which is the most economical (and I like getting a deal if I’m shelling out for gourmet ice cream). The kids’ favorite, hands down, was the chocolate gooey brownie.
Find it: 714 E. Pike St., Suite A, Seattle (Capitol Hill shop);. 5420 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle (Ballard shop); 12620 120th Ave. N.E., Kirkland (Totem Lake shop)