Charleston Edition: Trivillian's Pharmacy and Soda Fountain

By Candace Nelson - 10:03 AM

Trivillian'sTrivillian'sI'm not sure how often you see a soda fountain still in existence, but this was my first. They harken back to a simpler time when people would gather around them to chat. Trivillian's Pharmacy is located in Charleston, and I did feel like I was stepping back in time when I went inside.

Trivillian'sIt's not every day you see a dining area right beside nasal decongestants and band-aids. But that is the case at Trivillian's.

There is a long counter with stools and there are a few dining tables set up in the center, which are covered with red and white checkered tablecloths. We sat down and the man who was working the register came and supplied us with menus.


Trivillian'sTrivillian'sTrivillian'sThere are sandwiches - like pimento cheese, turkey, BLT, peanut butter and jelly, reubens, BBQ - and there are hotdogs. I was feeling the hotdogs this day.

So I ordered up two in a West Virginia fashion: chili, slaw, mustard, onions. Oh, and a milkshake, because who can resist?

My hotdogs were pretty good. The slaw was pretty loose - not a ton of sauce to hold it together, but otherwise, it was a pretty solid dog. The chili wasn't spicy - which is good for me. It has ground meet and a good flavor.

The milkshake was just lovely. Homemade goodness.

The West Virginia Hot Dog Blog has their say - and they are the masters when it comes to West Virginia Hot Dogs. And the folks over at Fork You also chimed in.

Grade: A
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  1. Next time, you have to try the Leonard's Pizza Burger. Recipe swiped from the old Leonard's Drug in South Charleston, who had a soda fountain extraordinaire. I used to eat a Pizza Burger there at least twice a week after walking over on my lunch break from SCJH (now SCMS) and charge it to my parent's tab. Glorious.


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