Salt & Straw - Best Ice Cream in LA


Another outlet opening in Studio City :yum::tada:

Salt & Straw Studio City
12180 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA


Tried it last weekend and thought it was ok. I can see the appeal for some people, some of the flavors can be intense in a good way. But overall, I didn’t care for the lack of creaminess for the regular and the vegan ones, the texture is not to my preference for an entire scoop. On top of that, it is very pricey for small portions. An extra 50 cent surcharge for the vegetarian flavors on top of a pricey $5 scoop is onerous to me. And I’m someone who happily pays more for good not necessarily great ice cream.

I’d prefer to go to Cool Haus down the street. I like the textures and flavors there better.


I live walking distance from Salt & Straw in Venice but I hadn’t yet managed to try the ice cream because the line always seems so long. Yesterday afternoon after another late lunch at Gjelina (lamb sausage pizza - yay), I stuck my head in and confirmed that one doesn’t need to stand in line to buy the prepackaged pints so I picked up a couple to bring to dinner at a friend’s house last night. We had chocolate gooey brownie and almond brittle with salted ganache and they were both really really good. Huge chunks of delicious brownie in the former. A couple people got bites of the latter that they found unpleasantly salty but that didn’t happen to me - I found that the two together in one bowl created the perfect mix of salty and sweet :blush: . Sweet Rose Creamery is the other fancy ice cream shop in our regular rotation, but based upon this one sampling I think I prefer Salt & Straw for both texture and flavor.

As a side note, the special flavors this month are the Fermentation Series. Maybe I just have plebeian taste in ice cream, but I wasn’t even tempted to taste any of them. Two of them - fish sauce caramel and dill pickle sorbet - sounded actively unpleasant to me. But maybe a more adventurous soul will give them a try.

Salt & Straw Fermentation Flavors for June

I thought the coffee & “love nuts” was great. Not very sweet at all.



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