Location: SE 43rd and Belmont
Hours: Tues-Sun, 12-9pm
Everyone remembers the ice cream man and the truck roaming the streets of your childhood neighborhood shilling sweat cold treats. While Fifty Licks isn’t roaming your local street, they do seem to be at many events throughout the city and now have a permanent truck at Good Food Here to sate your sweet-tooth.
I first tried Fifty Licks almost two years ago when they debuted at the Mississippi Street Fair with their now famous Stumptown Coffee ice cream. With just a table and a few tubs of their craft, they made their mark on that crowd and Portland has been talking about them ever since. Chad Draizin, the owner and creator of the unique flavors, picked up a truck in 2010, outfitted it and launched both a roaming business along with sales of his ice cream in stores. He even made a splash at Eat Mobile this year by wearing a custom suit from local designer Duchess while serving almost 2500 samples to the patient eaters. Chad won the style award for that.
Fifty Licks doesn’t do plain. If you want basic ice cream, head over to Safeway. If you’re one who always orders the same flavor, you’ll take a second glance at what they offer – Tahitian Vanilla, Stumptown Coffee, Caramelized Apple and the ever popular Maple Bacon. I have tried bacon mixed with many unique dishes and usually, you get the flavor of the bacon without the actual bits. This isn’t the case here. Right off the bat, you see little chunks of bacon mixed in with the maple ice cream. That first bite was like stacking a strip of bacon between some pancakes and dipping it in maple syrup, but ice-cream cold. I had to eat it slowly as it was one of the richest desserts I have had in a long while. Truly a work of art. I can’t wait to get back for the other flavors.
Beyond ice cream,Fifty Licks also serves sorbets and has two different cone offerings- sugar or handmade waffle cone. If you get a chance to try some of Chad’s creations at an event, you may get to try the Slabtown Whiskey, a creation made with Portland’s very own House Spirits small batch libations. You can find Fifty Licks permanently at Good Food Here, but also roaming to different events and catering gigs throughout the city. Don’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy a more mature version of a childhood treat. Let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.
Sugar cones are 1 scoop and $4;
Handmade waffle cones are 2 scoops and $6
- Tahitian Vanilla
- Caramelized Apple
- Stumptown Coffee
- Maple Bacon
- Coconut Lemon Saffron Sorbet
- Passionfruit Sorbet