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“A Real Slice of Nostalgia” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Soda Shop

The Soda Shop
104 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036-8096
704-896-7743
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Ranked #14 of 26 Restaurants in Davidson
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Dessert, Hamburgers
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch
Chesterland, Ohio
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“A Real Slice of Nostalgia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Have a taste for a 50s diner on small town main street? The Soda Shop is not an idealized version, but the real thing, a diner that has been around for years and is like a trip back a little in time.

The Soda Shop is on Main Street in Davidson, just across from Davidson college. It can hold about 25 patrons in booths or tables. The decor has a lot of the original blondish wood and mementos from the 50s. The menu is essentially what you would expect from a diner, with breakfast offerings in the morning and burgers and sandwiches for lunch. The menu isn't strictly nostalgic as several of the offerings have been updated (e.g. chicken, a veggie burger etc.).

I ordered a hamburger with blue cheese. It was perfectly cooked and very juicy - probably the best burger I've had in awhile. The service was attentive and courteous. Overall, we had a very good experience.

A more modern but less authentic option, and fun in its own way, is the Char-Grill about a half-mile away on the road into Davidson.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Davidson, North Carolina
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“Cute atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Typical soda shop. Does not accept credit cards. Food is good. Milkshakes are delicious.

Visited July 2012
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Biloxi
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“Fun pleasant meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The food and service were good, my kids (13 and 18) found plenty of options that they liked, and most importantly, we didn't have to wait in line (unlike Toast down the street).

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“May not get the best reviews, but the place is special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Yes, they serve you breakfast on styrofoam plates. Yes, the place smells like your grandparents house. Yes, the food is nothing to write home about. However, there aren't many restaurants out there that offer such a nostalgic setting. The place is still one of my kids favorite. Milkshakes are very good.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Davidson, North Carolina
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“Unremarkable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

Yes, it's a nostalgic soda shop. If you like this, and the mediocre food that goes with most soda shops, you will enjoy it better than I did.

Visited March 2012
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