Izzy's, Meritage, and Liberty Custard get salty--with ice cream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/10506540@N07/3797233796 Please pass the salt.
It's funny how simple things like ice cream can really make a difference when the chips are down. These days we're easing our recession blues with a rising flavor called salted caramel. It's amazing. The perfect blend of salty-sweet, it's more sophisticated than your average chocolate or vanilla bean, yet not so new-age as avocado or peppercorn.
We first came across salted caramel at Izzy's, known for its urbane take on ice cream, including soy-based flavors for vegans and the lactose intolerant. We were delighted to see it again on a recent champagne and dessert run to St. Paul's Meritage (incidentally, a fun, recession-style treat with affordable champagne splits and $3 desserts). The favored French restaurant dresses up Izzy's salted caramel with its salted ice cream pops--a dollop of our favorite flavor, covered in a dark chocolate shell, then rolled in coarse sea salt. Across the river, Liberty Frozen Custard also added salted caramel to the menu. For less than $4 you can get a Liberty salted caramel shake to enjoy while ogling firefighters at the local fire station across the street. Now that's what we call recession-friendly.