A few months ago I noted a few rave reviews about Be-Speckled Trout at 422 Hudson at St. Luke's Place. I just went for the first time last night, and I encourage everyone to go--as posted before, the vanilla malted shake was delicious, mixed with not only a strong pellet-like malt from Wisconsin, but with a vanilla sauce homemade by the owner, Craig. He also kept slipping me all these samples of candy, including malt balls and something called 'Wisconsin fairy candy' which was a large-ish cube of a honeycomb-y, maltball candy covered in chocolate.
Craig is carrying on a soda fountain family tradition (his grandfather had one in Wisconsin, and he's installed a lot of his grandfather's original stained glass, etc.), and he seemed kind of disappointed he doesn't get much business. I was there at around 7pm and stayed for an hour and was the only customer.
There are all types of fountain treats available including root beer floats, egg creams, sundaes, and lime rickeys. Plus, there is a very large collection of interesting by-the-pound candy and homemade chocolates, and generally the atmosphere just rocks, with the spinning stools at the counter, hamilton beach mixer, and lovely details everywhere.
Be-Speckled Trout doubles as a general store, so one half of the shop has a bunch of antiques for sale, including a lot of fly fishing memorabilia, the owner's other hobby. There's even a drawer of small early 20th century toys from a burned down toy factory in Akron, Ohio.
If anyone writes for a publication this would be a great place to review. It's really eccentric and genuine, and the owner seems cool.
I urge you to go soon, who knows how long it'll be there...