Although the first Seattle locations of Portland, Oregon-based gourmet ice creamery Salt & Straw opened in chilly February, local sweet tooths eagerly queued up outside the new Ballard and Capitol Hill shops to taste what all the hype was about. Known for its unusual flavors, Salt & Straw often partners with local brands to create a regular menu unique to each city it serves (some Seattle faves are Rachel’s Raspberry Ginger Beer and Beecher’s Cheese with Peppercorn Toffee) and also launches a new themed collection each month. In September 2018, they're scooping up flavors inspired by the late summer harvest. Stop in to try Whatcom County Honey Rocky Road, made with dark, rich chocolate cream cheese ice cream, candied Oregon hazelnuts and a delicate, silky homemade honey marshmallow fluff using organic wildflower honey from local Bellingham's BeeWorks Farm. Other September flavors include Peach & Vanilla Bean Crumble, Bone Marrow & Smoked Cherries (like we said—unusual. But don't knock it till you try it!), Hey Boo Coconut Jam & Rice Crispy Treats and Schilling Cider Caramel Apples, which worked closely with Seattle's Schilling Cider to swirl London Dry Cider apples into a creamy apple ice cream with hand-burned vanilla caramel ribbons. With flavors this intricately conceptualized and created, we won't judge you if you opt for ice cream as a meal instead of just dessert.
Three More to Try
Kurt Farm Shop: These ice creams, made with ingredients from the chef-owner Kurt Timmermeister's Vashon Island farm, including ultra-rich Jersey milk, were recently named the best in the United States in a Time magazine feature. Flavors change regularly, according to what's in season, but are always deliciously inventive. Tucked away in the Chophouse Row shops on Capitol Hill, the tiny store also offers cheeses from Kurtwood Farms and other local creameries.
Shug's: This Pike Place Market soda fountain offers fresh takes on old-school treats like sundaes, shakes and floats—not to mention ice cream cocktails.
Cupcake Royale: Don't be fooled by the name: the ice cream at this local chain is just as majestic as the cupcakes. In fact, chunks of cake sometimes end up in the flavors.