I was born in Grants pass, Oregon. My daughter was born in Grants Pass, Oregon. Southern Oregon, whether I like it or not, is in my blood.
Grants Pass, it’s a many faceted town – the rugged Rogue River cuts through the town and the gorgeous Riverside Park sits right in the middle of town shaded and quite lovely (there are concerts in the park every summer season). While the landscape around Grants Pass is right out of the pages of a Zane Grey novel and the surrounding hills and river are sure to not disappoint, the actual culture in Grants Pass leaves one a bit underwhelmed. I feel like I can say this since I grew up and was born in the area. Anyhow, Grants Pass, a bit of a desert where progressive city culture is concerned (there are a bunch of great local farms, though – more on those some other time). BUT, there is a little gem tucked away smack dab downtown, and that’s the Soda Fountain that’s located in The Grants Pass Pharmacy.
I’ve been frequenting the Soda Fountain since I was a kid – heck, my mom even consumed large quantities of their malts when she was pregnant with me. Me and the Soda Fountain, we got history.
Basically, if you find yourself in Grants Pass, and you crave a treat and experience a little less Dutch Brothery than Dutch Bros. (GP is the hometown of Dutch Bros., so they’re literally EVERYWHERE), find yourself at the Soda Fountain in downtown Grants Pass, take a seat at the vintage bar, and order a strawberry phosphate, because seriously, they’re kind of the best. And did I mention that the pricing is preeeeety economical? 50 cents for a phosphate. The cuteness factor is definitely present, too.
Next on my infinite to-do list is to make my own phosphate style sodas: