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Fifty Licks

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Fifty Licks
File:Fifty Licks logo.png
Restaurant information
Established2009 (2009)
Current owner(s)Chad Draizin
Food typeIce cream

Fifty Licks is an ice cream parlor with several locations in Portland, Oregon.


Owner Chad Draizin had graduated from NSU University School and studied beer brewing at the University of Florida before an internship at Portland Brewing.[1] After realizing brewing beer on an industrial level was not for him, he began Fifty Licks as an ice cream truck in 2009.[2] That ice cream truck, which operates only during the summer, was named one of Portland's "best new food carts" in 2011 by The Oregonian.[3] "Fifty LIcks" is an estimate of the number of licks required to eat one scoop.[3]

In 2013, Draizin opened the first brick and mortar location in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood,[2] and Vox Media's Eater selected Fifty Licks as seventh on a list of "16 worthy ice cream candidates that opened across the country over the past year or so" to be included on its "Eater National Ice Cream Heatmap".[4]

Fifty Licks is a small-batch handmade ice cream shop in Portland, Oregon. Their ice cream is lusciously high in butterfat and eggs, and their flavors lean towards elegant & aromatic.

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The second location opened on East Burnside Street in the Kerns neighborhood in 2017, which led to increased popularity for the company.[2][6] Fifty Licks offers approximately eleven flavors daily as well as two soft serve flavors and offers ice cream cocktails.[7][8] The ice cream parlor also makes an effort to provide non-dairy and vegan options, and hopes to eventually feature fifty-percent dairy-free products.[9][10]

In 2018, Akron Beacon Journal reporter Katie Byard wrote about "some feasting in Portland, Ore., considered one of the country’s best food cities..."[11] and "... an ice cream place dubbed Fifty Licks. Specializing in nontraditional flavors, it touts that it makes its base for its ice creams in house... a friend bought some 'Chocolate as #$%&' with housemade ganache for us to try. The name works... "[12]

During the 2018, Occupy ICE protests, the Fifty Licks food truck distributed free ice cream to protestors.[13][14] In 2020, Fifty Licks opened its third location in the Slabtown district of the Northwest District neighborhood.[2][15] Later that year, following the George Floyd protests, one of the shops was briefly targeted by a rioter who tore down a Black Lives Matter poster displayed in the shop's window.[16]

An Associated Press article reported that Fifty Licks was featured in the Hulu television series Shrill.[17] Peter Cottell of Thrillist said Fifty Licks is "beloved for simple, elegant flavors in no-nonsense spaces."[18]


  • Food cart at Northwest 24th Avenue and Thurman Street[19]
  • Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood (opened 2013)
  • Kerns neighborhood (opened 2017)
  • Slabtown district of the Northwest District neighborhood (opened 2020)


  1. "NSU University School Viewpoint Fall/Winter 2017". www.nova.edu. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Russell, Michael (February 19, 2020). "Fifty Licks ice cream to open first west-side location this spring". OregonLive. Advance Publications. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Russell, Michael (June 24, 2011). "Portland's best new food carts". OregonLive. Advance Publications. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  4. Forbes, Paula (2013-08-30). "The 16 Hottest Ice Cream Shops in the US Right Now". Eater. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  5. "Fifty Licks". bon apétit presents Feast Portland. 2019. Retrieved 2021-05-20. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Russell, Michael (April 25, 2017). "Fifty Licks opens new Burnside location this Friday". OregonLive. Advance Publications. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  7. Russell, Michael (March 8, 2013). "Bluebird Bakers, Petunia's Pies & Pastries and Fifty Licks set to make Portland a bit sweeter". OregonLive. Advance Publications. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  8. Kryza, Andy (September 11, 2013). "These boozy ice cream cocktails are everything you've ever wanted". Thrillist. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  9. Brooks, Karen (June 12, 2017). "The Inside Scoop on Fifty Licks, Portland's Suddenly Hot Ice Cream Shop". Portland Monthly. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  10. Granillo, Gabriel (February 21, 2020). "Fifty Licks Is Coming to Slabtown". Portland Monthly. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  11. Byard, Katie (2018-04-04). "Akron Dish : City Barbeque plans May grand opening". The Akron Beacon Journal. pp. D001. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  12. Byard, Katie (2018-04-04). "Dish (cont. from D1)". The Akron Beacon Journal. pp. D002. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  13. Wilson, Jason (June 20, 2018). "'Occupy Ice': activists blockade Portland building over family separations". Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  14. "Portland ICE facility closed until 'there are no longer security concerns'". KGW8. June 25, 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  15. Jackson-Glidden, Brooke (February 20, 2020). "The Owner of Fifty Licks Will Base the Design of His New Scoop Shop on a Pair of Shoes". Eater. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  16. Shepherd, Katie (August 19, 2020). "Portland protesters set fire inside county building as tensions continue to escalate". Washington Post. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  17. Lefferts, Brooke. "Stars of 'Shrill' express love for the 'hippest of places'". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-05-12. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Cottell, Pete (August 20, 2019). "Portland's Most Essential Spots For Every Kind of Ice Cream". Thrillist. Retrieved 2021-05-12. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  19. Prewitt, Andi (June 25, 2019). "Portland Ice Cream Shop Fifty Licks Is Raising Money to Help Children Detained at the U.S.-Mexico Border". Willamette Week. Retrieved 12 May 2021.

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