3) Salt & straw
Salt & Straw was definitely a favorite among the ice cream places we put to the test. A new addition to the Downtown Palo Alto scene, it has plenty of unique flavors that you would normally not see in an ordinary ice cream parlor. We found that the ice cream lived up to our high expectations, elicited by the out-the-door line. With less traditional flavors, we were not able to sustain our pattern of trying simply the parlor’s vanilla and chocolate. Despite the atypical menu, their “chocolate gooey brownie” and honey lavender flavors did not disappoint. The chocolate brownie bits were delicious, and tasted homemade. The chocolate ice cream was light, but it was balanced out with the rich and flavorful brownies mixed in. The lavender honey flavor tasted authentic and definitely not overpowering. While we chose cups for our ice cream rather than cones, we could see employees hand-making the cones at the counter. The store itself is dark inside, with extremely limited seating, which we could definitely anticipate causing a problem, given Salt & Straw’s popularity. There is only one size at Salt & Straw, which costs $5.00, slightly pricier than the others.