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“Yes Martha, there is a place that's 100 years old in OC”

Watson Drug Store and Soda Fountain
Ranked #16 of 469 Restaurants in Orange
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Santa Ana, California
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Yes Martha, there is a place that's 100 years old in OC”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

The atmosphere is really great. The soda fountain is also really great. They'll make your malted milk as you like it. Mine is: All chocolate, ice cream and syrup, extra, extra malt, no whipped cream and thin, so I can enjoy it with a straw. Yeah, it's really good like that.

Visited March 2012
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English first
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“50's Style”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

This is a fun nostalgic diner. Food is great, but keep in mind that it is a diner. Fried is what they do best. Breakfast foods are good. They have thousands of unique bottled sodas.

Visited May 2012
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Laguna Niguel, California
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“makes me feel like a kid”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

I loved being here , it was like I was with my grandma again .. having a soda and fries .. everything I have tried was similar to the soda fountain we used to go to .. it's a trip into yesterday .. don't miss it

Visited January 2012
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Evanston, Illinois
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140 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Average food, but great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

We joined friends for breakfast at this landmark spot in Orange in May. The breakfast was good, though not spectacular, but the place is so fun that the experience was more important than the food. We ate at the sidewalk tables outside the establishment (enjoying the nice SoCal weather), but the most fun was the time we spent wandering through the Drug Store and looking through all the nostalgic items. Fun place.

I'm told that the soad fountain and malts are fantastic. I'll have to go back sometime for lunch.

  • Visited May 2012
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Santa Ana, California
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4 reviews
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“Great old fashioned soda fountain”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

It you want to step back into the past, visit Watson Drug Store and Soda Fountain. Great shakes, sodas on tap, burgers, etc. Everything you found in the old diners. Also, candies and gum from that era along with items no longer available in the mass market.

Visited January 2012
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