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Just in time to ring in the New Year on a sweet note, Salt & Straw has opened its doors to serve up their downright dreamy and creamy artisanal ice cream. This isn’t your average ice cream shop by any stretch. The family-run business with a big heart conjures up wildly imaginative San Diego-specific flavors made using ingredients from local businesses. Peanut Butter Stout with Chocolate Chicharrón, Avocado & Oaxacan Chocolate Fudge and James Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts to name just a few! Read on for the ‘scoop’ on this delicious addition to Little Italy’s burgeoning dessert empire.

Photo: Salt & Straw via Facebook

Why We’re Screaming For This Ice Cream
Founded in Portland in 2011, Salt & Straw gained a cult-like following for their high-quality, artisanal ice creams. After slowly expanding south, they’ve finally landed in San Diego. Made locally in small batches, their ice creams combine local, organic and sustainable ingredients into unique flavors you can’t find anywhere else. All their cream comes from Scott Brothers Dairy in Chino. Their menu has two parts: permanent fixtures (called “classics”) that are so beloved they remain year-round and a selection of limited-time flavors that rotate each month. Classics here include Honey Lavender (a delightfully light purple-hued treat), Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons (featuring hand-burned caramel with a deep, rich flavor you won’t find in your grocery aisle) and Chocolate Gooey Brownie (hot chocolate ice cream with hearty chunks of chewy brownie).

Scoops are available in either cups or handmade waffle cones, in addition to milkshakes, special sundaes and pints-to- go.

Insider’s tip: Customers can always skip the line when buying a pint and home delivery is available through Postmates.

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Local Partnerships
Despite having several locations along the West Coast, Salt & Straw tries to make each outpost as true to its neighborhood location as possible. They seek out partnerships with other local businesses, which means using San Diego ingredients when feasible. Their James Coffee and Compartes Love Nuts flavor uses local roaster James Coffee for the single-source beans that go into the coffee ice cream. They’ve tossed in Love Nuts–caramelized pecans–for a salty crunch. Peanut Butter Stout with Chocolate Chicharron features peanut butter milk stout from Belching Beaver Brewery. Paired with chocolate covered pork rinds, it’s definitely not a flavor you’ll find anywhere else. Look for more local partnerships in the future.

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Kindness Matters
As if you needed another reason to order a double scoop, Salt & Straw also believes in giving back to the community. They partner annually with local schools and organizations that support equality and childhood food security. They also treat their employees to a full range of benefits including health insurance, paid time off and professional training.

Good to know: Salt & Straw offers vegan ice cream flavors including Roasted Strawberry Coconut. Super creamy and full of flavor, it’s a great lighter option whether you’re vegan or not.

San Diego’s year-round sunny climate means there’s never a bad time for an ice cream cone. Now that Salt & Straw has set up shop in Little Italy, you have another amazing option for decadent ice cream in unique flavors that your whole family will lick up. Pretty cool.

Salt & Straw
1670 India St.
San Diego, Ca 92101
619-542-9394
Online: saltandstraw.com

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Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. every day

Have you tried Salt & Straw ice cream yet? Let us know your favorite flavor in the comments!

––Michelle Franklin