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Salt & Straw Wiz Bang Bar, a new soft serve desert bar in Portland OR will take you back to your childhood memories with a new delicious spin on America’s classic ice cream swirls, sundaes, novelties and more.
Located in a historic Baggage and Carriage Building a few blocks from the Willamette River waterfront this newly opened Pine Street Market, Portland first food hall is reminiscent of Gansevoort Market, found in New York City’s meat district. Its gourmet dinning without the linen tablecloths as Salt & Straw is one of nine gastronomic restaurants surrounding a communal seating area.
All of Salt & Straw menu items are hand made right in front of your eyes in an open kitchen, freshly daily by Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek and Pastry Chef Natasha Hillendahl. Offering up their signature soft serve to baked goods for sundaes to candies for mixed in. Sourced locally from Willamette Valley’s Alpenrose Dairy, all of their cream is spun in a way that adds very little air making the flavor extra dense. Soft serve flavors include Vanilla Custard, Woodblock Chocolate, Salted Sweet Cream, Smoked Oregon Ham and Roasted Strawberry Coconut.
Here they are famous for creating unique ice cream cone toppings including revolutionary hard “magic” shells made from local fresh berries such as Oregon Black Raspberry, single origin chocolate and black truffle white chocolate. During my visit, Pasty Chef Hillendahl served me their Super Special Oregon Marionberry Jam Sundae, which was delightfully rich in fruit taste and texture.
Wiz Bang Bar also serves a selection of local wine and beer floats such as Salted Caramel Stout by Breakside Brewery, featuring caramel made on site and topped with your choice of soft serve.
Salt & Straw is a family-run, chef-driven ice cream company with three scoop shops in Portland and two in Los Angeles.
For your next craving of ice cream, I recommend that you relive your childhood memories at Salt & Straw Wiz Bang Bar.
126 SW 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR
Hours: 10 am – 11 pm daily.
Tourist info: Travel Portland