Monday, September 14, 2015
Kenova Edition: Griffith & Feil Drug and Soda Fountain
Lisa told me about the cute and quaint Griffith & Feil Drug and Soda Fountain in Kenova, so the next change I had to visit Kenova, I stopped through.
The pharmacy occupies that back portion of the store, and the aisles are lined with products, but the remainder is dedicated to the soda fountain and seating.
According to the menu, the pharmacy was born with the town of Kenova and has been remodeled to an old-time appearance with a 1929 soda fountain, tin ceiling, hardwood floors and walls filled with pictures of history from the Ceredo-Kenova area. The pharmacy began in 1892 and moved around to a few locations before settling into its current position in 1943.
The menu is huge. I was thinking it was just ice cream and handmade sodas. False. They also have burgers, chicken strip baskets, pulled pork, chicken salad croissant, club sandwiches, BLTs, hotdogs, grilled cheese, corndogs, salads, reubens, wings, Italian subs, monte cristo sandwiches, and more. Tom ordered the monte cristo, which he seemed to enjoy.
I knew I wanted something from the soda fountain. And they have a ton of tempting desserts - milkshakes, banana split, brownie supreme, turtle sundae, drumstixx sundae. Gosh I would so go for ANY of those, but I wanted to go a little bit more traditional.
I narrowed it down to an ice cream float or an ice cream soda. The ice cream floats have a hearty scoop of ice cream added to a phosphate. The ice cream soda is a phosphate blended with ice cream topped with a second scoop, whipped cream and a cherry. The more, the better, so I went with the latter.
I got cookie dough ice cream with coke. I don't even know what this combination is, but it's very, very tasty. The coke ice cream was fizzy and sweet. And the ice cream - uh, can't go wrong with cookie dough. So good!
The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The soda fountain is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.