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Salt & Straw’s second OC hot dog shop lands in Newport Beach for the summer

Salt & Straw ice cream fans living in South County will soon not have to drive to Anaheim. The second scoop store in Orange County will dock in Newport Beach this summer.

Founded in Portland, Oregon, Salt & Straw is known for choosing cool locations – the Anaheim store is located in Downtown Disney – and the site will be located in an area filled with popular restaurants and gourmet shops. It is home to Kéan Coffee, Olea, Haute Cakes Caffe, Gracias Madre and others; The adjacent Costa Mesa has The Crack Shack, Stella Jean ice cream, Santa Monica Seafood and Hi-Time Wine Cellar.

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CEO Kim Malek, who founded the Portland-based company in 2011 with his cousin Tyler Malek, who heads the ice cream maker, is looking forward to bringing their ice cream to Newport.

“That location has all the great restaurants, shops and cafes – so many iconic places are right on the walk. So for us, that’s undisputed,” said Kim Malek. Usually, the Maleks choose pedestrian spots, so they did some careful research before doing this.

“I had to explore the area and learn about all the patterns of the neighborhood and how people are using it. And once I did, it was clear that it was the right move for us,” she said.

The 1,136-square-foot space will feature the company’s signature décor, which Malek describes as a “modern brand.”

Salt & Straw started serving eight flavors from a cart and now has scoop stores in Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Bay Area, Miami and more, Seattle. Tyler Malek offers flavors and carefully crafted additions to ensure they taste delicious at the same temperature as ice cream.

“I learned 11 years ago when we first started making ice cream, that you can’t just take delicious macaroons off the shelf and put them in ice cream. Those macaroons are designed to be served at room temperature, and you’re serving ice cream at 0 degrees,” he said.

He works his magic so you’ll never feel like you’re biting a tooth on a frozen or a little crunchy marzipan. Flavors like Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese are so inventive that they must be tasted to be appreciated. Eighteen flavors rotate, starting on the first Friday of each month, so customers never get bored.

Vegan flavors and gluten-free flavors are always offered so there’s something for everyone.

“At all times, our menu is 20% vegan,” he says. “In January, we’re selling ‘vegan menus’.” This is a term we coined that I hope will help revolutionize the industry. can and should taste better than non-vegan foods and we are proving it.”

Currently, he has five cupcake-themed vegan ice creams, from carrot cake to rainbow sprinkles. Common flavors include Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, malt with vanilla base, swirls of chocolate and chunks of malt biscuit dough, Baked Strawberry and Baked White Chocolate with large chunks of fresh fruit and toppings. light white chocolate. Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons contains rich buttery caramel and a pinch of salt to balance out the sweetness.

Some seasonal flavors like Great Candycopia with savory buttercream and home-made versions of Snickers, Twix and Heath bars as well as peanut butter cups; and Creepy Crawly Critters, with crunchy chocolate-covered crickets and toffee-like worms from Don Bugito in Oakland.

Salt & Straw will work with local restaurants, farmers, merchants and members of the community to develop a taste that highlights Orange County culture. Kim Malek said she can’t wait to welcome regulars and new customers to the new store.

“Thanks for the warm welcome so far in Orange County and Southern California,” she said. “We are truly honored to be a part of this incredible neighborhood.”

Find it: 2001 Westcliff Drive, Suite 102, Newport Beach, Saltandstraw.com.Open door: During the summer, normal hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/01/27/salt-straws-second-o-c-scoop-shop-lands-in-newport-beach-in-summer/ Salt & Straw’s second OC hot dog shop lands in Newport Beach for the summer – Orange County Register

Caroline Bleakley

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