Salt and Straw began in Oregon, but this ice creamery has rapidly expanded. They now have over a dozen scoop shops in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco serving small batch, artisanal ice cream made from local ingredients. And recently, they’ve expanded their vegan flavor options.
Vegan Flavors for All
Their scoop shops always have at least a couple creamy, dairy-free flavors on hand. But this year, they’ve added “vegan menus” with even more options. The flavors change monthly to feature seasonal ingredients. And these aren’t your typical ice cream flavors! Some of the vegan varieties that you might come across include Roasted Strawberry Coconut, Mint Chip Whoopie Pie, Lemon Cheesecake, Raspberry Ginger Beer, and Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge. They also serve holiday flavors, like Mummy’s Pumpkin Spiced Potion. And they are usually gluten-free too! But I was told in-store that their cones contain dairy, so go for the cup when making your order.
I had the chance to visit their Lake Oswego location, which is just outside of Portland. I loved how the staff came out into the line to offer whatever samples you want – no waiting! They had a sorbet and the Strawberry Coconut, so I tried samples of those. The sorbet was good, but I wasn’t in a sorbet mood. The Strawberry Coconut was very rich and creamy with warm strawberry weaved throughout. I’m just a little burnt out on dairy-free coconut ice cream, so I didn’t get a scoop, but it was good! (Don’t worry, my aunt and dad did by scoops.) I’m hoping to get the chance to try some of there other vegan flavors when traveling.
If you don’t live near a Salt and Straw, you can order their pints online. They have a choose your own flavor pack for home delivery, and they ship throughout the U.S.
Where to Find Salt and Straw
As mentioned, they have locations up and down the west coast of the U.S. See their website below for addresses and hours.