At the time of this posting The Fountain on Locust was celebrating its fifth year of opening, but upon stepping inside you would swear its been open since the 1920’s. The interior decor will take you back to a time before fast food and after the invention of the soda fountain. Its style is part old-style diner, part teenage ice cream parlor, and part speakeasy.
No matter what you call the style, everything here is worth trying and there are a lot of different things to try. While The Fountain is known for its amazing soups and perfect ice cream cocktails, you will find a wide variety of old-timey treats and entrees that harken back to the time when food was real.
The star of the place is the dill pickle soup. You would think something like this would be horrifyingly briney and sour, but it is a delicate treasure of simple and light flavors. Everyday they have a soup de jour and we have never been disappointed with any of them. They are like something out of America’s history; nutritious, unpretentious, and yet refined.
As good as the food is, the place is called The Fountain on Locust, not the “Soup Place on Locust”, and for good reason. They make everything from scratch including their ice cream and their dessert sauces. Their wide variety of boozy ice cream treats instantly won us over, including their retro-style cocktails.
And if you’re not feeling like getting tipsy? They have authentic old-fashioned phosphate sodas and malt milkshakes that get the nod of approval from Christine’s father, a connoisseur of such fare.
- Pros: Made from scratch ice cream, phosphate sodas, boozy milkshakes, and old-fashioned soups and sandwiches.
- Cons: Can get crowded and have long waits. Interior is great but poorly lit.
- Charlie’ Favorites: Hot Toddy, Soup de Jour, Banana Bourbon
- Christine’s Favorites: Dill Pickle Soup, Love Potion #9, Spicy Carrots