The lines at the NW 23rd Salt & Straw have been pretty insane since they opened. We keep trying to go and keep leaving before we can get in. And then we talk about how it would be funny to buy a bunch of bad ice cream bars and try to sell them to all the people waiting in line. Salt & Straw makes pretty fancy ice cream, but ice cream isn't my favorite dessert, so it hasn't been a huge bummer for me. But then, a very trusted source told me that the NW location has baked goods that are outstanding. I was intrigued.
When we noticed last week in the middle of the day that there was no line out the door, we dashed in and were so overwhelmed with ice cream and topping choices (artisanal, super-fancy, flavors here) that in a panic we option for just baked goods and a double shot of espresso. It just wasn't ice cream time for any of us, but no one in my family will say no to a baked item. Ever. There were so many choices, all baked in house. The simple cinnamon sugar doughnut was perfect and the sweet (and slightly salty) orange filled donut almost made me cry a little bit. Now my plan is to only go when they open, early in the morning, and get coffee and the baked items. They sell pints of ice cream so I can always take some home.
I'm excited by the amazing sounding toppings. I like toppings and sauces more than ice cream and the idea of one of their toppings on some cake or a fruit dessert sounds so good, I wonder if I can just buy the toppings to take home? Or ask them to put a topping on a baked item I order. That might be a little weird, but I bet it would be so tasty! Actually that would be so wrong and funny—if I ordered a donut with a topping. I am totally doing that next time I go in. "Can you please just pour it in the hole. . ."