When you walk into Fountain on Locust, you almost don’t know where to focus your attention. One part of you is drawn towards the bar in the center of the restaurant where amazing ice cream treats are being prepared while the other part of you just can’t stop staring at the designs on the walls. This old auto showroom turned restaurant has a vibe all its own with floor to ceiling art deco paintings, black and white checkered tile, and retro booths lining the edges of the restaurant. While it is hard to place this restaurant in one particular category, one thing is for sure, you will not walk out the door hungry. The large menu is filled with pages of ice cream martinis, champagne floats, retro cocktails, house-made sodas, and ice cream desserts. If that weren’t enough, I should mention that they also have a large selection of food to accompany your sweet treat.
My meal started with a black cherry egg cream. This interesting drink is made with one of 10 flavored syrups, light cream, and seltzer and tasted most comparable to a melted ice cream float. My husband went for the real deal and chose a Nitro Milk Stout float made with Left Hand Brewery stout and chocolate ice cream. The ice cream at Fountain on Locust is so unique because it comes from the only dairy in the country that ages their ice cream for extra flavor.
Having been told that they are known for their soups, we decided to share a vegetable soup which was filled with garbanzo beans, butternut squash, and spinach and seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg. This hearty but light soup was the best that I have had in a LONG time and would be perfect for a cool fall day. Since it was too difficult to pick one sandwich, we decided to split two. First up was the Signature Mixed Salad Sandwich which was unlike any other sandwich I have ever had. It is basically a chopped salad with pesto dressing served on a toasted baguette with melted cheese. While the salad on its own is just okay, the sandwich as a whole is amazing! Next up, was the Royal Grille. This adult grilled cheese is made with melted mozzarella and white cheddar cheeses with slices of apple on whole grain wheat bread. While both sandwiches were good, the Mixed Salad Sandwich was definitely the favorite. Each dish came with a side and we chose the spicy carrots and brussels kale cup (each can be ordered as an entrée). The spicy carrots are marinated and seasoned with crushed red pepper giving them a little kick. The kale cup is made with shredded brussel sprouts, kale, broccoli, and cabbage and mixed with orange slices, sunflower seeds, and poppy-seed dressing. Don’t worry, this sounds much healthier than it tastes!
The menu is incredibly dietary-restriction friendly with lots of vegetarian options in addition to gluten-free, lactose-free, and egg-free choices. The restaurant is perfect for kids or for a drink out with friends. Prices are really reasonable with entrees averaging $8-$10.
Sadly I was too full for dessert, but now I definitely have even more of a reason to come back!
Fountain on Locust is located at 3037 Locust St., St. Louis, MO 63103