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Special Request: Fountain on Locust's tomato soup is 'nothing like canned'
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Special Request: Fountain on Locust's tomato soup is 'nothing like canned'

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Q • My daughter and young granddaughters found everything about Fountain on Locust so special. The Tomato Basil Bisque was delicious. After tasting mine, surprise, surprise, the girls wanted their own cups. — Judy Collier, St. Louis

A • When it comes to romance, midtown’s Fountain on Locust is the real thing. Owner Joy Grdnic Christensen promises male patrons, “Bring your lady here, she’ll never leave you.” Earlier this month, a couple who had their first date at Fountain got engaged in one of the cozy back booths. Another time, a fellow arranged to hide his intended’s diamond ring in an ice cream martini.

During the day, the Fountain’s art deco interior is bathed in sunshine and packed with hungry lunchgoers and families with kids in tow. Evenings, the lights turn down and Fountain welcomes couples on dates and groups stopping by for retro cocktails and ice cream treats after theater and other arts events from nearby Grand Center. A favorite? The World’s Smallest Hot Fudge Sundae, a $2 miniature sundae.

Fountain is also famous for its homemade soups and offers a Soup of the Day from a rotation of 47 soups plus its signature Polish Dill Pickle. Christensen says, “Our tomato soup is nothing like canned tomato soup. They’re just different things.”

What is the same is the magical combination of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. “When Tomato Basil Bisque is the special, we sell four times as many Royal Grilles,” Christensen says of Fountain’s “grilled cheese for grownups.”

Tomato Basil Bisque is usually available only in rotation but this week, it will be available today through Friday. After that, watch the restaurant’s Facebook page for availability.

{hr /}The Fountain on Locust

3037 Locust Street


Special Request is written by Town and Country resident Alanna Kellogg, author of the online recipe column and “veggie evangelist” at the food blog about vegetables, A Veggie Venture.

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