Salt & Straw (Los Angeles)
Last weekend my friends, Marilyn and Alden, and I took a little road trip to Los Angeles. We spent all of Friday at Disneyland and then got some sleep at an Airbnb in West Hollywood. Saturday was more for gallivanting around town without a care in the world. Breakfast consisted of devouring potato balls from Porto's, and for lunch we shopped to our heart's content on Melrose Ave. My friends wanted to check out the Wasteland on Ventura Blvd, so we went, but none of us found anything we liked. We ended up heading over to American Apparel down the way to check out their going out of business sale and that's when we passed by Salt & Straw. Much like the other location I'd visited recently — the store's stock had been raided fairly hard and it seemed we were striking out there as well. They were ready to leave, so I told them I'd meet them after I tried on a few things. I called them much sooner rather than later as I couldn't find the shorts I wanted in my size. They were already in line at the ice cream shop. As soon as I heard Alden say where they were the sound of harps literally filled my head as the little baby angels who were playing them floated above me, leading the way back to Salt & Straw.
The line was out the door, but it went fairly fast. They had flavors like Silencio Black Tea & Coconut Stracciatella (a vegan flavor I wish I tried), Avocado & Strawberry Sherbet (avocado sherbet with strawberry vanilla bean jam), Roasted Strawberry & Toasted White Chocolate, Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts (cold brewed coffee ice cream with chocolate nuts from a local chocolatier), Honey Lavender (made with cream used to steep 2 pounds of lavender), Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Freckled Woodblock Chocolate, and Chocolate Gooey Brownie. Marilyn and Alden both got waffle cones while I got a kids sized split scoop. Marilyn got Pots Of Gold & Rainbows (cereal milk ice cream with ALL the Lucky Charms marshmallows) and then one of the chocolate flavors...I think it was Chocolate Gooey Brownie, Alden got Honey Lavender, and I got Honey Lavender with Rose Water, Saffron, & Pistachios (rose water ice cream with ribbons of saffron and of course the pistachios). It was love at first bite — seriously, both flavors were that good in my opinion. Alden liked his a lot too, but I think Marilyn just wanted her Lucky Charms ice cream because she ended up scooping off the rest of her chocolate flavor to get it. Not before I had a bite though! It was delicious and made me wish that I'd gotten more flavors.
Overall satisfaction and experience:
I really really enjoyed this place. Their flavors were creative and tasted like heaven, the employees I interacted with were polite and friendly, but still knew how to keep the line going. The shop is pretty small and forces the line out the door after about 5 or 6 bodies, but the people in line seem to know that it won't take too long.