Friday, December 11, 2015

The Picky Eater's Guide to the Fountain on Locust

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge The Fountain on Locust features 1920s-style decor. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The Fountain on Locust features 1920s-style decor.

Stepping into the Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street, 314-535-7800) is a bit like stepping back in time to the roaring '20s. The Gatsby-era décor sets a festive tone at this Midtown favorite, where you can find boozy ice cream martinis, sandwiches, soups, the world’s tiniest ice cream cone and much more.

The menu at the Fountain is the kind that you flip through and then immediately start over again at the beginning because you forgot what was on its first pages. Drinks and treats are the main focus; there’s an extensive list of cocktails, including those alcoholic ice cream martinis, as well as beer and wine. The hot chocolate is made in-house and they offer a number of teas in addition to their house-made classic sodas.

At the Fountain on Locust, they have strong feelings about ice cream; there’s a sign on every table that reads, “WHY DOES OUR ICE CREAM TASTE SOOOOOO MUCH BETTER?” According to the sign, while the crew at the Fountain makes the toppings in-house without chemicals, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup, the ice cream itself comes from a family dairy in Wisconsin. There are dozens of ice cream specialties, malts and milkshakes on the menu, and the ice cream flavors regularly offered include after-dinner mint, Zanzibar chocolate, butter pecan, Irish coffee and more.

For those who just want a taste of sweetness, there’s the “world’s tiniest hot fudge sundae” and the “world’s tiniest ice cream.”

click to enlarge The world's tiniest hot fudge sundae. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The world's tiniest hot fudge sundae.

Besides all those treats, there’s also food at the Fountain on Locust! It’s a friendly environment for those with special diets – a note in the menu indicates “The Fountain on Locust offers Vegetarian, Vegan, Lactose-free, Egg-free and select Gluten-free choices in Starters, Salads, Soups, Main Fare and Ice Cream. “

Read on for our take on their offerings for vegetarian, gluten-free and paleo diners.

Vegetarian: For starters, there’s hummus, a Symphony Platter (melted mozzarella and pesto on garlic bread strips) and La Picada, which includes goat cheese, pesto, zucchini, red peppers and bread. There is at least one vegetarian soup offered each day. The coconut curry soup is excellent if that’s the special when you visit. While the dill pickle soup doesn’t appear to have meat in it, it’s not actually vegetarian as it’s made with a chicken stock base.

The Birdseed Salad, St. Louis City Salad and Stutz Salad are vegetarian, as well as the spicy carrot cup and Brussels kale cup. Veggie sandwich options include the mixed salad sandwich, the Royal Grille (grilled cheese with apples), Prosperity Panini (hummus and roasted vegetables) and the High Hat (egg salad).

click to enlarge The High Hat (egg salad) sandwich and dill pickle soupH - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The High Hat (egg salad) sandwich and dill pickle soupH

Gluten-Free:
For starters, everything aside from the grilled bread with the la picada is gluten-free: hummus, goat cheese, pesto, zucchini, red onion and roasted red peppers. Soup choices rotate; the French vegetable soup and dill pickle soup are gluten-free. The Fountain offers four salads, all gluten-free, as are the spicy carrots cup and Brussels kale cup. The Thursday special is ravioli mezaluna, which is available gluten-free. While it’s not on the menu, the Fountain does have gluten-free bread and can make any of their sandwiches with it.


click to enlarge The mixed salad sandwich and chips. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The mixed salad sandwich and chips.

Paleo:
We’d start with the La Picada starter minus the bread and goat cheese — hummus, pesto, zucchini, red onion and roasted red peppers. There are four salad options and while all come with cheese, they could be ordered without it. Three of the four salads can have chicken or bacon added to them for an additional cost. For dessert, there’s a raspberry sorbet dish.

click to enlarge Gatsby-esque murals decorate the walls at the Fountain on Locust. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Gatsby-esque murals decorate the walls at the Fountain on Locust.

Kids:
There are high chairs and this is a kid-friendly atmosphere, although there isn’t a kids menu. If you’re having trouble getting your little one to stay in his or seat, the world’s tiniest ice cream cone is a good way to keep them happy.

click to enlarge The exterior of the Fountain on Locust. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The exterior of the Fountain on Locust.



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