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Clinton's Soda Fountain

100 W Maple Ave, Independence, MO 64050
816-833-2046
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Ranked #8 of 218 restaurants in Independence
Cuisines: American
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English first
Independence, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is an old-fashioned soda fountain. I love going here. You can sit on a stool at the counter or at a booth in the back. Besides all the ice cream and sodas Clinton's offers fresh baked goods and candy. Everything I've ever had here has been great and the people are very friendly and pleasant.

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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stopped in here for some sweet treats after spending the day learning about President Truman. It was a perfect way to cap off our fun afternoon in Independence. We had a split a sundae and each had a phosphate soda. It was great. Next time we are in Independence to learn more about President Truman we will be stopping... More

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Big Spring, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I arrived in Independence too late to do all the Harry Truman sites I wanted, but I did take time to have a root beer float the Clinton's Soda Fountain in his honor. I grin when I think of him as a young man sweeping, mopping, making phosphates and sodas, and mixing it up with the locals. A trip back... More

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colorado springs
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Not busy for us so we got to chat with the "jerk" at the soda counter...amanda. She's worked there longer than Harry ever did. Milkshake (black and white for me, Hubby had root beer phosphate which was excellent too) was spooned...I never did sip it and that is fine. Nothing special about the product, it's all about the place as... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I went earlier today and tried the "Black Cow" That was heaven! My mother had a vanilla soda float her words were " It was rich and creamy paradise. They have a set out on the wall with Maps and you thumbtack where you're from; There was people from every where even Afghanistan! All I have to conclude is this... More

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Independence, Missouri
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6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Great place that has been open for many years. Like other reviewers have said a young Harry Truman worked here long ago. My husband and I stopped in for ice cream one night after a Mexican dinner. The ice cream was good and I remember thinking that I wish that I worked closer so that I could stop in on... More

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Camarillo, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

A version of George Washington slept there. A modest version of the complete drugstore where young Harry worked is now basically a place to have some really good ice cream and take in the ambience. It's part of the short small town tour that should include the Truman Home and the Presidential library. Be aware that the U.S Park Service... More

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Chanute, Kansas, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Hot day, cool drink...........oh and some some history. Try the pie! Make sure to put a thumbtack on your hometown.

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Appleton
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107 reviews 107 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Truman worked here, so we went in just because of that. You will feel like you are in an old soda fountain and the ice cream is quite good. So just give yourself a break and enjoy it.

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Longview TX
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Good ice cream, phosphates, floats, etc. (No food is served). We were clearly tourists, but the staff didn't interact with us to tell us anything about the historic side of the business.

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