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Feb 5, 2012 12:33 PM

Orange Soda on tap?

We all know how awesome orange soda is so why don't any restaurants (that I know of) carry it on tap?

I know Sichuan Garden in Woburn has homemade orange soda that is to-die-for.

BTW orange soda and Excedrin is the ultimate hangover cure.

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  1. I thought every fast food place (and most restaurants with soda fountain period, such as those serviced by Real City Soda) have orange soda on tap. I find most orange sodas on tap to be thoroughly medicore, but am excited that you report that Sichuan Garden in Woburn has a housemade orange soda. I do remember being impressed by their cocktail menu when I visited there a year or two ago.

    There are, however, some bottled orange sodas that are more to my liking. Many speciality food stores, from Marty's Liquors to Cardullos, carry Fentimans Mandarin and Seville Orange Jigger. There's also always Orangina and San Pellegrino Aranciata, which I also like okay, and are much more widely available. Broadway Market and Formaggio both have been carrying San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (blood orange), recently, although I don't like it so much, but I do like the grapefruit flavor. If you venture further into flavored orange sodas, Spindrift's Orange Mango is the best orange/mango soda I've had, and Galvanina Prickly Pear & Orange (sometimes available at Savenor's) is mind blowingly good.

    The very best bottled orange soda I've ever had, however, is Luscombe's St. Clements, which I have never seen in Boston, but can be had at Chelsea Market Basket and Eli's Vinegar Factory in New York. City. I first had it in a molecular gastronomy restaurant in Singapore, and it made me sit up and appreciate orange soda like never before.

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    1. re: lipoff

      Have either of you tried the Sprecher Orange Dream soda they serve at ESK. I'm not sure where to get it retail, but it's very good, and my daughter's hooked on it.

      1. re: justbeingpolite

        Yes, Sprecher makes a lot of good sodas (their root beer and low-cal root beers are both excellent) but I find their orange soda flavorful but too sweet. I feel the same way about the Maine Root orange soda too. I forgot about the Polar one and I should have mentioned it as well. It's good, inexpensive, and reminds me of Orangina with larger bubbles, but isn't in the same league as Fentiman's or Luscombe.

        In responding to the OP, I always see orange soda as part of a stand-up soda fountain; I've never seen orange soda as part of a soda gun. I wouldn't expect either to be very good. You might enjoy the orange flavors in the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines (I've used them at Wegman's, but there should be other, closer, locations too). Finally, I will just mention that in the developing world Fanta or Miranda orange soda (in small glass bottles) us all but ubiquitous, but also not very tasty.

        1. re: lipoff

          I recently was at Boloco and they had the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. I was at the one on 284 Congress St. near the waterfront.

          Haven't tasted any orange flavored sodas from it, though. I always get cherry coke or cherry vanilla coke.

          Dave MP

      2. re: lipoff

        On a local note, Polar (a New England brand) Orange dry soda is quite excellent.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          My thoughts exactly, Striper! I think Polar may predate Orangina in using real OJ in their soda. Now if only you could get it on tap too.........

          1. re: Science Chick

            I love Polar too - their Diet Orange is my summer afternoon still-sorta-guilty pleasure.

          2. re: StriperGuy

            I especially like Polar's diet orange dry, which unlike diet Orangina is still available. Wegmans also makes a diet grapefruit that's pretty good.

          3. re: lipoff

            I'm aware of the many boutique soda brands that are available but I'm looking for great orange soda on the gun and I don't know of any. Contrary to popular belief orange soda is not readily available at any restaurant that has a soda gun. And by "great" I do not mean fast food establishments and mini marts.

            1. re: Unfoodie

              having worked in mostly high-end restaurants for over 20 years, i can assure you soda from a gun is never very good and except for the occasional child, nobody ever asks for orange soda.

              double whammy.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I understand that Real City soda and the like only purvey passible soda at a cheaper cost when compared to the two big boys but would you also say this about Boylan's and other boutique producers.

                1. re: Unfoodie

                  one person i worked for tried to do the real city sodas for awhile and guests howled in protest because it was all so terrible.

                  soda coming from a gun is generally terrible because of the system's design. any time i just want plain club soda, i need to run it out for at least a minute because it comes out yellow and off-tasting from the residue from the other sodas that have also gone through the line.

                  soda from a fountain is something else. personally, i don't drink the stuff, so can't speak about boylan's.

          4. Where I grew up, there was only Orange Pop. And of course the even more popular Red Pop, sometimes spelled Redpop because it became a single word. By Faygo. It was everywhere. Couldn't escape it. Faygo Orange Pop. Faygo Red Pop.

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              1. re: lergnom

                Faygo Red Cream Soda...brings back memories of my youth from the Midwest ( Ohio to be exact ) . Haven't seen it in years. Or maybe it was Fanta.

                1. re: Msample

                  Lee Sandwich Shop in Harvard Square has several Faygo sodas in glass bottles for sale.

                  I've seen Boylan's Orange Soda on tap too, but I must say that I do not like it at all. I'm genereally very dissapointed with almost all the Boylan's sodas (their diet cola is particularly vile), but their Creamy Red Birch Beer is one of the absolute best that I've ever tried. In my experience with sodas, you can't go by the brand, but have to look at individual flavors. There's a lot of variability within each brand, or perhaps it's that indivudal tastes are so varied!

                  1. re: lipoff

                    Lee's is closed, it's now a clothing store I think. Or do you mean Leo's Lunch? They have lots of bottled pops in the window, that is probably it, no?

                    Intriguing, I have never seen Faygo in glass, not even in the midwest. Faygo is nostalgic, but not great tasting. I think Vernor's is a better export for Detroit.

                    1. re: dulce de leche

                      Sorry, I definitely mean Leo's Lunch in Harvard Square. They have many bottled sodas in their window, and even more in the refrigerators behind the lunch counter. Mostly root beers, but also some other sodas, almost all American. Lee's in Harvard Square is indeed closed, although the same family now runs Lee's Burgers in Newton Center.

                      I agree about both Faygo and Vernor's, at least the flavors of Faygo that I've tried.

                      1. re: dulce de leche

                        In MI, they have some "throwback style" Faygo in glass bottles at Meijer.

                        1. re: Prav

                          Faygo is the choice of the Juggalos. Not sure if that is relevant, but I'm putting it out there.

                2. I have been buying Maine Root soda at Whole foods. It's really strong and quite delicious.

                  1. Veggie Galaxy in Central has Boylan Orange on the fountain.


                    1. I think East Coast Grill has orange soda on tap.

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                      1. re: Blumie

                        Yes, their menu says "Coca-Cola sodas from the gun", which would be Coke's "Sunkist" brand orange.