On enthusiastic prodding from friends, I finally checked out the just-out-of-the-box new Disney Soda Fountain on Hollywood Boulevard adjacent the majestic El Capitan Theatre and across from the increasingly tourist-friendly Hollywood and Highland urban . . . mall.
An energetic greeter sets the tone and immediately one is made to feel as if one is in Anaheim or Orlando which isn't necessarily a good thing however, here's what is: They serve a nice range of traditional soda fountain specialities including real milk shakes, sundaes, floats, parfaits and phosphates. They use Dewar's Ice Cream exclusively which I only knew about through a few friends from Bakersfield ("It's the pride of Kern County.") and through a feature by Huell Howser. I too am now a fan. Dewar's is amazing and what one would expect from a small, handmade ice creamery: flavorful, dense, smooth, creamy and -- best of all -- not overtly sweet. Like a true soda fountain, it features counter seats and booths and, typical of a Disney-run shop, mega-friendly staff out of casting central. We were seated at the counter facing the floor-to-ceiling windows giving us a prime venue for people watching. But I digress, the ice cream is the star here even though the flavor options are measely (less than 10 flavors).
The menu includes sandwiches and fries and, according to our waiter, breakfast as well. But I couldn't foresee coming here and not ordering anything ice cream-related. In fact, with the existing gelato place across the street and the new Lickety Split a block east, the quality ice cream options in that area have tripled.
An earlier thread requested suggestions for Red Line-adjacent dining. This should be one of those stops.