If the cruel temptations of the Play-Doh Fun Factory taught the world anything, it's that mouthwatering creations are more gratifying when they're actually edible. Swoop spoon-first into a scoop of icy eats with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of fresh-made food, retro cocktails, and aged ice cream at The Fountain on Locust, three blocks from St. Louis University. This Groupon cannot be used on Saturday nights or holidays.
A former showroom for Stutz Bearcats in 1916 before the sporty roadsters were hunted to extinction by Teddy Roosevelt, The Fountain on Locust currently serves its famous ice cream (sourced from a Wisconsin family dairy) from a polished oak bar beneath an indigo Art Deco starscape of glittering celestial cities populated with lightning bolts and leggy acrobats. A special aging process gives the iced treats’ cream additional flavor without adding extra fat. If you can’t spoon out a generously portioned malt ($4.89) while perched on one of the bar’s round stools, settle into a west-side booth and knock back a signature ice-cream martini ($7.99) or a Love Potion #9 (peanut butter, jelly, Chambord, Frangelico, and vanilla ice cream; $8.59) while gasping at the latest plot twists on “Soap Hospital,” a radio comedy serial with a new episode every two minutes. (In the latest episode, Rockridge and Chloette try to figure out why the baby they had yesterday is already 16.) The Fountain on Locust can also ease homesickness in time-traveling barbershop quartets by filling them up to their straw boaters with old-fashioned ice-cream specialties like the Bearcat ($6.99) banana split with hot fudge and caramel, chocolate brownie cake in a cup ($5.99), and phosphate sodas ($2.29) made from seltzer water and flavored syrups. Otherwise, make yourself feel gigantic with the world’s smallest ice-cream cone ($0.89).
For those eccentric personages who insist on consuming real food in between blissfully buzzy rounds of sparkling champagne floats and chocolate-covered cherry martinis (both $7.99), The Fountain on Locust will keep you tethered to Earth with a menu of fresh salads, soups made from scratch, hearty sandwiches, and more. Try the famous birdseed salad ($7.29), a healthy toss-up of pepita seeds, mixed nuts, apple slices, and baby spinach, tossed with a poppy-seed vinaigrette. Sandwiches like The Blackhawk ($7.99)—a stack of roast beef, roasted red pepper, and a goat-cheese, olive-oil, garlic, and fresh-basil blend layered on a Vienna roll—come sided with your choice of salad or orange onion cup. Treat your best girl Daisy to an even sweeter treat than a tandem bicycle ride or a night spent dancing the Charleston atop the wings of a biplane with today’s retro-minded Groupon to The Fountain on Locust.
St. Louis Magazine recommends The Fountain on Locust:
- A lot of us have fantasized about opening a restaurant that served only our favorite dishes — a random assortment of foods not bound by any trend, theme or cuisine — but we never had the guts to test such a wacky idea. Joy Grdnic had the same fantasy … and a lot more guts. In a vertiginous frenzy, she transformed the former Stutz auto dealership downtown into a caboodle of visual, aural and culinary firsts. – George Mahe, St. Louis Magazine
- I took the kids for lunch and a treat, and couldn't have been more pleased with the decor, the service, and the food. The space that the owners have created is a playful as the menu. Our server was attentive and our lunch was nicely prepared and presented. – bluesaintlouis, Urbanspoon
- Amazing decor, a really innovative menu, heavy on soups, salads, and sandwiches, and a heart stopping (clogging?) selection of ice cream treats. The atmosphere is retro, but the food is contemporary and very good. – Mark E., Yelp
The Fountain On Locust
The Fountain On Locust has earned accolades such as St. Louis Magazine's award for Best Restaurant On a Budget in 2012 and an honorable mention as one of Sauce Magazine's favorite restaurants to impress out-of-towners. Described as "luscious" by Sauce Magazine reviewers, the café's ice-cream creations skew toward adults. They may be topped with hand-crafted sauces or blended into champagne floats and eclectic ice-cream martinis. On the menu, these sweets converge with a panoply of vintage cocktails and playful café dishes that include hot roast-beef melts and a turkey BLT "so good you might cry."
The retro cuisine meshes perfectly with the vintage-inspired decor, highlighted by walls of hand-painted midnight-blue murals. Black and white tile floors spread out from a wooden bar lit with art deco-style hanging lamps, much like the kind F. Scott Fitzgerald described in his unpublished novella about Gatsby's electrician. And yet the restaurant's eclectic design isn't limited to the dining space—The Fountain won Cintas' America's Best Restroom Award in 2010.