This was another stop on our luncheon tour of St. Louis and the surrounding area.
We got to Fountain at around 11:40am and didn't have to wait for a seat. The period painting and decor were lovely and there was a lot to look at throughout the meal. Make sure you really look at the details of your surroundings- they've put a lot of thought and work into the fine details and it really shows!
When we got the menus, I was somewhat disappointed. Nothing "sounded" good to me. I have to add a caveat here: I have a few dietary restrictions (like no "real" cheese...yes, life is hard!!) so some of the things on the menu that I couldn't have sounded really good to me. That may have been the problem. I ended up with the "High Hat," their signature egg salad sandwich: eggs, celery, onions, capers, dijon & spinach. It was about a "4" on a scale of one to ten. My husband had a half sandwich and a cup of the dill pickle soup (which we shared.) He had 1/2 of a Basilico Chicken Sandwich (grilled chicken breast, red onions, basil spread, lettuce and tomato on focaccia.) The sandwich was really good as the flavors blended nicely together. He'd rate it an "8." The soup alone is worth going for. It was surprisingly amazing. I agree, it sounds as though it could be gross, but it's a hands down "10" on a 1-10 scale.
Now, for dessert... My husband had a milkshake with his meal which he deemed, "good." For dessert, we shared a sundae with a scoop of Zanzibar chocolate, a scoop of Vanilla Deluxe topped with: caramel, hot fudge, and marshmallow sauce. A chocolate coin finished off the sundae. Other reviewers have raved about the ice cream and the café promotes it as a huge specialty item they carry. Both of us thought is was nothing special. Don't get me wrong...it was really good quality ice cream but again, we didn't think it was as exceptional as others seem to think.
Our meal was around $35 with the tip for two people. I thought this was a bit high for what we got but that was probably because I didn't really like my sandwich. We will go back to try it again so I can get something different.
We did speak to the owner prior to leaving. We were talking about cooking stores in the area. She seemed to be a lovely person and we had a great conversation. You can feel her welcoming spirit throughout the restaurant.
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