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Franklin Fountain

116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3099
+1 215-627-1899
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Ranked #36 of 3,731 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Dessert, Ice Cream
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Franklin Fountain aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.
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Burlington, Vermont
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109 reviews 109 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I'm constantly searching for a scoop of the perfect banana ice cream, and I did not find it here. The ice cream had great texture and consistency, but lacked the intense natural banana flavor I am searching for. It is likely the most expensive scoop of ice cream that I didn't finish. Luckily I didn't have to stand in line... More

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Kilcullen, Ireland
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100 reviews 100 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The franklin fountain perfectly resurrects the traditional ice cream parlours of a by-gone day (or at least what I imagine them to be like!) queues can be long but move quickly. There is a wide choice on the menu and something to suit everyone's taste. I went for the hot fudge vanilla sundae, topped with cream and a cherry. Amazing!... More

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Portland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

On a hot day, ice cream just is a good idea. This place is a local trendy spot for ice cream and other cold treats. It is good, but not so amazing that I would race back. If you are in the area, you will be satisfied with your treat.

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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166 reviews 166 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Neat place to stop by! Old time Ice Cream Parlor that is really good! We got lucky as there wasn't a line, but as we finished eating, the line was out the door! We each had a bowl of ice cream and it was a perfect break from sightseeing. Would stop by again!

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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

You simply cannot miss this place! My daughter and I went here on a recent Friday. She had a Root Beer Float which was perfect after the long walk we took in the hot city. I had the Franklin Mint. I am a true ice cream expert and this was some of the best I have eaten! A large bowl... More

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marlton
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71 reviews 71 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We live in South Jersey and I have been trying to get to Old City to Franklin Fountain for some time. It has been featured on local and national food/travel shows and has a great reputation. Recently voted nation's best milkshake for mint chocolate chip. We were not disappointed - excellent ice cream and milk shakes. It is pricey and... More

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Torrance
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Do not miss this ice cream place. They make all the flavors and it is so good! When in Philly make sure you go here. We even went back the next day, it was that good. Be prepared for a line out of the door!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We ended up by pure chance at Franklin parlor on our way to I-95 south from old Phila. Great hand made ice cream in a very nice ice cream parlor with a vintage decor and costumed clerks. Even the antique cash register is in operation. A must see!

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Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Enjoyed this old world ice cream parlour - that was difficult enough to order in / pay / collect - and didn't have the systems you would expect for a place that seems there so long. The ice cream however was very good and although expensive for what it is - highly rated for the taste ! Would go again.... More

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Orlando, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Loved the antique ice cream parlor theme! It was very busy when we visited so we had to stand in line for about 20-30 minutes to get served. That being said, it was worth the wait! We had a hot fudge sundae that was plentiful enough to share and still feel satisfied. The concoction was topped with delicious home made... More

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