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08 July, 2011

Soda Fountains on the Rebound?

The NYT published an article earlier this week about how a handful of soda fountains have recently sprung up.

A small group of modern soda jerks (they wear the term proudly) are trying to change that. Places like Blueplate, the Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia and the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain are leading a revival that is bringing up-to-date culinary values — seasonal, house-made, ripe, local — to ice cream sodas, sundaes and egg creams. In the process, they have unearthed forgotten, delicious and possibly risky flavors like sassafras, phosphoric acid and teaberry, and have brought back taste combinations worthy of the most avant-garde chefs.

The pictures on the site look mighty tasty. Nothing like homemade ice cream, rickeys, and phosphates.

I can't remember the last time I was at a soda fountain. When I was a boy my family used to head to the Buffalo Ice Cream Parlor in Chicago at Irving Park and Pulaski. I even managed to find some photos of the place.

It closed in 1978 when I was 5 or 6 and the building was torn down to build a gas station which now has the reputation of being one of the most expensive in the city. Photos of their menu from before my time can be found here and here. (Notice the Chop Suey.) If memory serves, I usually went with chocolate shakes and phosphates.
|| Palmer, 2:42 PM


YES.. i went to the Buffalo with my dad in the 50s - we would take the Pulaski bus 6 blocks south from Wilson to Irving Park... dad never drove!
Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:15 AM  
The Buffalo opened up in Morton Grove many years ago.It wasn't the same.
Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:17 AM  
The Buffalo was a special date spot when I was a teen. It was considered a very high dollar date when combined w/the movie. A boy had to really be serious to take you to the Buffalo.
Anonymous Donna, at 11:24 AM  
Thanks for the comments all. I wish there were some photos of the interior online as I have only the vaguest memories of the joint.

We lived on Harding so the Buffalo was only 3 blocks from our house.
Blogger Palmer, at 9:37 AM  

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