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Clinton's Soda Fountain

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100 W Maple Ave, Independence, MO 64050
816-833-2046
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6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 19
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Go Back in Time..and pretend young Harry is working the counter

I went in for a malt in an old fashioned soda fountain..only later to find out that Harry Truman had worked there as a kid. We had sandwiches which were okay and malts which were fabulous.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
DowneastCornhusker
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Hastings, Nebraska
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Hastings, Nebraska
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174 reviews 174 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

I went in for a malt in an old fashioned soda fountain..only later to find out that Harry Truman had worked there as a kid. We had sandwiches which were okay and malts which were fabulous.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Yes, Harry Truman got his first job here. And at first glance it's a nice old soda fountain and looks like it's got good sundaes and sodas. But there's little to see, and the sandwich selection is pretty limited.

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Kearney, MO.
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78 reviews 78 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We were on the Independence square doing some browsing and decided to stop in for an old fashioned shake at an old time ice cream parlor. Not exactly on our diet but gad we splurged on the pastime experience..

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Independence, Missouri
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Clinton's still has the best chocolate malt in town. We go out of our way to stop in where the malts are still made the old fashioned way, and for those who don't eat ice cream, they have hot nuts that are wonderful, and they have a great selection of old-fashioned candy. It's a great place to stop after a... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Happened by with a group a group of friends and had a trip back in time!! Great sodas and other typical soda fountain items..So good we all came back the next day to try other items. ie the banana split!!! Beside the great ice cream the help was outstanding as we walked in with 12 of us.. Highly recommend!!!

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Independence, Missouri, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Did you know that Harry Truman was a "soda jerk" in Clinton's? There is also some other historical information posted inside and there is a plaque outside. I just love this place because of the ice cream. What's better than great ice cream? Often visit the Pharaoh Movie Theater (next store) and then stop for ice cream. I love butter... More 

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Independence, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Lincoln, Nebraska
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 W Maple Ave, Independence, MO 64050
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Independence
  • Phone Number: 816-833-2046

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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