ooo! ooo! I get to play my hipster foodie card!
I lived in portland for about a year, in 2011-2012
One of my first ‘walk around the neighborhoods’ found me Salt 'n Straw’s icecream cart, where I got their salted caramel icecream (the first version of that I ever had). Chatting with the nice lady that served me, she mentioned they were going to be opening their first shop in only a couple of months.
The opening lines were UTTERLY redonkulous, but since my favorite tea cafe was a few blocks down, I was able to time my visits away from the serious peak hours. I’m with you when you mention the olive oil flavor. Again, my first real exposure to that sort of ‘savory’ icecream. And yeah, it was pretty remarkable.
I never did get to sample it in LA, but Jenni’s and Milk certainly have ice cream of comparable quality.
One very interesting flavor I found in PDX at a place called La Patisserie was a chocolate and bleu cheese icecream. Which sounded really strange at first and turned out to be delicious. I’ve never seen it anywhere else.