The Pickwick Pharmacy & Soda Fountain named one of the “South’s Best Soda Fountains” by Taste of the South magazine March/April 2016 issue.
By Taste of the South - March/April Description: For our first Foodie Travel Issue, we take you throughout the South in search of iconic restaurants, culinary trails, the South’s best soda fountains, and opulent hotels bringing back the lost art of hotel dining. Don’t worry—our biggest issue yet also has plenty of classic springtime recipes to keep your plate full.
Once treating almost every Southern town to frosty concoctions, soda fountains are harder to find these days. But a dedicated handful of purveyors has carefully maintained the classic style, food, service, and, in some cases, even the prices over the years to carry on a bit of history and help revive the nostalgia of the classic soda fountains and the artistry of the soda jerk. Here are a few of our favorite spots around the South to sip and spin.
The Pickwick Pharmacy & Soda Fountain - Endear yourself to the Greenville, South Carolina, locals by inviting them to meet you at the Pickwick—a community stalwart that has been in operation since 1933. Owner Kelly Odom’s grandfather took the original sandwich shop and added a pharmacy, which became a larger part of the business. The soda fountain side closed in 1964, but the current generation of owners reopened it and now reproduces the classics that started the community’s love for the place—old-fashioned malts, ice cream, fresh-squeezed limeades, and pimiento cheese sandwiches.