Salt & Straw - Best Ice Cream in LA


#61

Eww, I wouldn’t eat ice cream labeled “one-day unwashed jockstrap.” However, I would eat cheese with that aromatic description, but then again I don’t mind the smell of natto.

Forgot to mention that Sweet Rose Creamery did a miso caramel flavor at their Tortoise General Store pop-up during the summer.


#62

Natto durian ice cream anyone?


#63

Might as well add asafoetida to your pungent concoction!


#64

Nah, that would be gross.

On a serious note, I’m actually a pretty big fan of asafoetida (or hing). To me it’s a bit like saffron – a little goes a long way.

It’s fantastic on roasted cauliflower. Heat up some EVOO, add a pinch of hing, then coat the cauliflower with the oil. Uber good.


#65

What about corn and cheese ice cream? Surprisingly tasty and odd at the same time.


#66

Elote ice cream?


#67

It def had prominent corn flavor and cheese was background.


#68

nothing wrong with hing


#69

True - I use it in my Indian food; it adds depth of flavor. I was just joking about smelly ingredients.


#70

hungryhuhgryhippos, fwiw:
the line at salt and straw tonight was out the door and halfway up the block.

can’t comment on its sweetness.
my seat at gjelina was ready before i got to the front of the line at salt and straw.
gjelina is a known quantity. i was not about to sacrifice that seat.


#71

Nobody else making trips to Enjoeat for gelato? Tend toward the sweet side but the nut and fruit varieties have the intensity of essential flavor I associate with good Italian gelato. Grapefruit and pistachio especially.


#72

About QPR? I walked into the SaMo one, ready to try… Until I noticed that it seemed more expensive than Sweet Rose Creamery…


#73

The vanilla bean is really good. I would definitely go back for it. In fact, I have a few times. FWIW, I don’t stray off the beaten path too often when it comes to ice cream flavors. It is usually vanilla or pistachio for a change up.

I think the prices are more because they do the whole ice cream, a la minute with nitroglycerin. IMHO, the nitroglycerin ice cream is worth it if it is done right.


#74

You mean liquid nitrogen?


#75

Yeah, that stuff. :joy:


#76

For a place that’s new to me, I normally try to stick w/ the basic flavors, too (b/c, IMHO, if you can’t get that right, I can’t imgine you’re going to get the more creative stuff right, either). My go-to flavor is normally chocolate chip. :slight_smile: Will give it a try next time I’m in the area (which is pretty often…).


#77

Been hitting a bunch of the newer places since the thread started. My verdict on the current best “Tier 1 (consistency, texture, flavor intensity)” gelato/ice cream joints in no particular order

Grom
Bulgarini
Salt and Straw
McConnell
Sweet Rose (just scrapes by into the group)


#78

Lucky you. Great list - I think that would probably be my top 5 as well (maybe Carmela instead of McC). Have you tried Jenis? I haven’t and others have said its very good.


#79

I haven’t tried Jeni’s yet, I thought they were closed due to some health dept. issues. last year? McConnell’s was a bit of a surprise for me … just a very consistent creamy texture and flavors are well pronounced too.


#80

Ahh reread earlier postings, looks like Jeni’s is open again… will have to check them out soon.