The thing about waiting in line at the Bollywood Theatre is you have to watch happy, ice cream laden people leave Salt & Straw. After we had our fill of spicy food, we managed to find our third stomach, the one reserved for sweets.
Choosing a flavour is no easy feat. John ordered Stumptown Coffee and Burnside Bourbon, and I had Melon & Proscuitto. Why not, I figured - Proscuitto is practically bacon, and you _never_ say no to bacon. My ice cream was subtly sweet with a touch of cool, refreshing honey dew. It was accented with salty surprises periodically, which sounds completely disorienting but helped cut what could have been a pleasant but boring flavor. I enjoyed trying an ice cream that was both salty and sweet.
Salt & Straw is the kind of ice cream shop I'd like to open. All the ice cream is handmade in small batches using all natural dairy with local, sustainable and organic ingredients (many of the flavours are seasonal for this reason), their ice cream is made with 17% butterfat (FULL FAT or NOTHING!) and their scoops are generous.
Like Bollywood, there was a line up even in sub-optimal ice cream eating overcast weather.
In addition to their production methods, I also really like their branding - breaking from my 'no store, concert, or sports team branding' rule I purchased a darling grey ladies t-shirt with their brand. Take home pints, gourmet chocolate, and other goods were also available in their shop. If you are in Portland, I'd put this on your list. There are three scoop shops to chose from.