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Oct 31, 2009 09:39 PM

Fountainless Restaurants in SF

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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  1. 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?

    1. 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

        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. 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

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

          Where did you go?

          1. re: bbulkow

            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