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Salt & Straw

Perfect For: Date Night Strollers

It takes something special to get any one person in Los Angeles to eat ice cream. It takes something monumental to get damn near every person within 6 square blocks to eat it. Take a walk around Larchmont Village past 2pm any day of the week and you’ll see that Salt & Straw has done just that.

What’s the big deal? Well, for starters, it’s from Portland. Angelenos will lie until they're blue in the face if they’ve stolen something from New York, but Portland’s different. Portland is that place that every Angeleno talks about as if it’s their favorite sibling who’s just, ya know, a little slower. So when the hottest new Portland spot makes it to the “big leagues,” there’s quite the scramble to support it. Unlike, say, the first LA Shake Shack, which will have the entire city with their fingers in their ears and pretending it doesn’t exist.

Another reason it’s won over the neighborhood? Because it's freaking delicious. Now I’m not going to pretend that we are some sort some ice cream connoisseurs. I can’t tell you what ice cream is best, because that would imply that any ice cream, anywhere is bad. And that just doesn’t compute with me. But I can tell you that this ice cream is very good. And creative. You’re certainly not going to find any Black Olive and Goat Cheese Ice Cream at your local Tastee Freeze. But you’ll find it here.

Sure, it could come off as a little pretentious. But guess what? They back it up. Don’t believe me? Ask the 40 people in earshot carrying one of their cones.

Food Rundown

Chocolate Gooey Brownie

Gooey is the key word here. Not simply because gooey brownies are the best brownies (obviously they are), but because it melts into the cream, giving you an amazing consistency throughout.

Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache

Yeah, I like salt with my ice cream. Does that make me a grown up? Sure as f*ck does.

Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons

Didn’t you hear me? I’m a fcking adult and this salty treat is fcking delicious! Plus the caramel is wound throughout, giving every few bites an extra bit of creaminess.

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