Ice Cream is having a moment! While cupcakeries are close at an astonishing clip, Los Angeles is discovering cool treats at an unprecedented rate. It’s about time – our weather calls out for icy goodness year round. Here are our favorite brand new places to get something spectacularly cold in these dog days of summer.  A couple are so new they’re still putting on the finishing touches to open ASAP, so get ready to be the first to try them.

Salt & Straw

If you play a quick word association game with cities, for many people Portland, OR = rain. Not so our LA Editor, who visits family there several times a year. Ask her what Portland is and she’ll tell you “ice cream.” Specifically, Salt & Straw ice cream. They’re famous for their locally based crazy-but-delicious flavors (Black Raspberry and Smoked Ham, Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero and Pear with Blue Cheese), so we’re dying to see what they come up with for Los Angeles. Rumor has it they’re looking to incorporate walnut oil, olive brittle and Compartes chocolates.

We all scream for: Chocolate with Gooey Brownies and Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbon

Opening in August on Larchmont Blvd. in Hancock Park

Online: saltandstraw.com

Photo credit: Michelle Pearl G. via yelp

-Meghan Rose

What’s your favorite new ice cream spot in LA? How about “old” ice cream place? Share your secret obsession in the comment section.