An Ireland Must
Ice Cream Shop
Salt & Straw Ice Cream
What They Are about
The family-run ice cream company is known for its handcrafted, small-batch scoops, in interesting, gourmet flavors like Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Honey Lavender, Freckled Woodblock Chocolate and Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache. The recipes are made with all-natural cream from Scott Brothers Dairy in Chino, California, churned in small five to 10-gallon batches.
The menu also features seasonal flavors, which rotate monthly, created with locally-sourced ingredients.
To that end, the San Diego scoop shop includes flavors influenced by local artisans including James Coffee and Belching Beaver Brewery. San Diego-centric creations include “James Coffee and Compartes Love Nuts,” ice cream made with cold brew from James Coffee roasted beans mixed with Compartes chocolate-dipped caramel covered pecans, and “Avocado & Oaxacan Chocolate Fudge,” rich, creamy avocado ice cream featuring ribbons of Oaxacan chocolate fudge from La Guelaguetza Restaurant.
There’s also the “Peanut Butter Stout With Chocolate Chicharron,” a crafty collaboration with Belching Beaver Brewery featuring the brewery’s Peanut Butter Milk Stout. The beer is poured into cream steeped with the same malts used to brew the stout. Pieces of dark chocolate caramelized pork chicharron are mixed in for a malty, salty, peanut butter-rich ice cream.
Other flavors on the San Diego menu include “Roasted Berries & Toasted White Chocolate,” “Salted, Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” and “Double-Fold Vanilla,” to name a few.
Scoops are available in cups or handmade waffle cones. Salt & Straw also offers milkshakes, sundaes and pints of ice cream to go.
They have a kid size scoop for a dollar less... Don't get that one because you are getting ice cream and I know you can finish it.
If you are actually full go with one scoop.. they give you a very generous scoop
If you're unsure about what you want, ask for a sample, or two, or three. I happened to ask for 4 different kinds before making a decision, and the cute workers kept her smile!
The line is usually down the street if you go after 8pm, but being situated in Little Italy gives one a lot of time to people watch while waiting in line.
The Brown Butter Blondie Sundae was the best ice cream dessert I have ever had! Starts off with a decadent warm and gooey brown butter blondie (think base of a chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate, but even better) then they drizzle some caramel over it, then comes my fave part...this amazing pretzel topping that adds some buttery, salty crunch to this creamy sweet sundae, then top it with your choice of ice cream (I went with vanilla since there was already so much magic going on) and some whipped cream to finish it off. It's perfect!