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Tag: Don’s Ruston Market soda counter

Aug.
29th

Brown cow, anyone? South Sound soda counters with fountain desserts of yesteryear

The soda fountain counter at Don's Ruston Market. Get yourself a brown cow, an egg cream or a phosphate soda here.
The soda fountain counter at Don’s Ruston Market. Get yourself a brown cow, an egg cream or a phosphate soda here.

As Labor Day weekend arrives, so does my habit of seeking end-of-summer rituals.

Today’s tour takes me to destinations perfect for a yes-you’re-going-back-to-school trip – soda fountain counters with ice cream.

I’m talking places that serve egg creams and brown cows, and 1940s-era fountain desserts not seen on restaurant menus for decades.

Two South Sound soda counters still are outfitted with 20th-century soda dispensers, which are worth a gander if you’re a fan of such memorabilia (although only one is in working order).

Both offer hard-scooped ice cream, custom-blended shakes and one even still serves phosphates, which are sodas with a pucker from the addition of citric acid. Consider those an acquired taste.

The best part? The soda fountains mentioned here are close to waterfronts — Steilacoom and Ruston. Hit the beach one last time before summer ends.

I’ve also got a few bonus stops for ice cream in Tacoma, too.
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