#sEATtle: Salt and Straw

March 2, 2018

I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!

Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.

Got it? Good, let's roll!

Salt and Straw

5420 Ballard Ave

714 E Pike St



Ice cream is really having a moment here in Seattle, and for good reason. Ice cream is delicious (obvious statement is obvious)!  And no matter what your flavor of choice is, there is a perfect scoop waiting for you somewhere in the 206. 

Recently, ice cream has gotten a little wild though, with places like Frankie and Jo's serving plant-based scoops, Ice cream is living its best life!  It gets no wilder than Salt and Straw.  Now, I'm a traditionalist when it comes to ice cream, give me a scoop of vanilla and I'm good to go, buuuuuuuut when your smoke show of a girlfriend wants to try it out, you gotta try it out. Because girls like ice cream, and I like girls, I went the Ballard location to see if these bonkers flavors lived up to the hype....


The first thing you notice when you walk in is the gigantic freezer full of love...I mean ice cream.  Ice cream is love. Ice cream is life. 

Cheese and balsamic are usually things I expect to find on my antipasti plate at Tavolata, not in my ice cream, but here we are.  IMPORTANT NOTE: you are allowed to sample as many flavors as you want, which is a really suggest because you will be shocked at how some of the grossest sounding flavors are actually awesome. 

Rachel's raspberry ginger beer scoop: Think raspberry sorbet.  Tart, fruity, delicious.  They also hand make their cones, which always gets bonus points.  Next time I go, I'm bringing an airplane bottle of vodka and making a Moscow Mule float. 

Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons: After trying a bunch of sample flavors, all of which surprised me by how good they were, I settled for sea salt with caramel ribbons, because caramel you guys.  Do you say "carmle" Or "care-a-mel"?  I think the latter makes it sound so fancy and should be reserved for something special, like this ice cream, as opposed to the carmle found inside a Milky Way.  Anyway, sweet, salty, buttery, fantastic. So good, I didn't even share. 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream...Especially when it gives us a brain freeze.  If you are a fan of this frozen treat, I definitely recommend going here and taking a risk on some truly unique flavor profiles. 

Go here if...you are on a date and want to impress them with your knowledge of "fancy" ice cream

Don't go here if...you lack a sense of adventure

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