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Fountainless Restaurants in SF

cem3340 Oct 31, 2009 09:39 PM

We have been to several restaurants here in San Francisco, yet not one has served soft drinks from a fountain.

Even some of the bars, no fountain.

Is this a universal SF trait, or have my exp. simply been dumb luck?

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    cem3340 Nov 1, 2009 08:16 AM

    I apologize for the confusion. I try to make the posts short, and this time it didn't work like I intended.

    The restaurants I have been to in SF serve soft drinks in a can, as opposed to using a fountain dispenser (syrup and carbonated water).

    I was curious if the is a common SF phenomenon.

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    1. re: cem3340
      bbulkow Nov 1, 2009 12:55 PM

      You got (un) lucky. In my experience, SF is about at the normal for "fountain".

      Where did you go?

      1. re: bbulkow
        cem3340 Nov 2, 2009 08:02 AM

        Hard Knox
        Little Star
        Taqueria Cancun
        Others I can't come up with on the spot ;-)

        I was suspecting that there may be a legislative reason...

        Other observations that differ from my home include:

        No foam containers.
        Very little plastic disposable silverware (lots of the starch base "bio" ware)
        No plastic cups.
        No plastic sample spoons (at least at Bi Rite or HS)

        Inkas Restaurant
        3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Taqueria Cancun
        2288 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Hard Knox Cafe
        2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

        Little Star Cafe
        1536 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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      saffrongold Nov 1, 2009 06:22 AM

      Like Wolfe, I am confused. Do you mean a lack of the soda pop guns (as they're called in the service industry) with the buttons that disperse all varieties from one source?
      The latest craze of mixology versus bartending would frown on the guns. But is that what you mean??

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      1. re: saffrongold
        lexdevil Nov 1, 2009 07:09 AM

        I'm guessing that the poster, like me, prefers soda pop from a can or bottle to soda pop that is created at the restaurant using syrup (either the way it's done at fast food restaurants, or using a gun at the bar). The latter are called fountain drinks, probably because soda fountains made sodas using syrups. In too many cases I find fountain drinks to be nasty, mostly because the syrup to soda water ratio is off.

      2. wolfe Nov 1, 2009 01:42 AM

        I'm not even sure what that means. Is what you want drinks that you spritz out of a hose or tap as in beer joint only with soft drinks? Or do you want an old fashioned soda fountain or which there are few. What is the set up at Ghirardelli?

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