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Scramble Dog, And Soda Fountain Research

Monday, April 08, 2013

You know when places are famous for a particular dish, so you go there knowing you want to order it to know what's so special? We were in Columbus, Georgia -- and I already have a soft-spot for lunch counters, soda fountains -- so we went to the Dinglewood Pharmacy there, which has been in business since 1918 and is the oldest eating establishment in town.

Dinglewood Pharmacy, Columbus GA

Well, the thing to get at there is the 'scramble dog' which is probably not meant to be finished. They actually cut the hot dog itself into little coin shapes, placed inside a bun (place in a little boat dish) and covered with onions, chili, pickles, etc...and oyster crackers. Av got a regular hotdog, the boys decided on grilled cheese sandwiches, and...I got the scrambled dog, not quite realizing what this would look like (soooo: turns out I didn't like it and only had a couple of bites...but then again I'm not big on hotdogs in the first place, so don't let this impression dissuade you if this kind of thing sounds good to you).
Scramble Dog, Dinglewood Pharmacy, Columbus GA

Let's talk about other soda fountains, though:
Payne's Soda Fountain in Scottsboro is the oldest in Alabama (the top two pics in this collage):
Payne's Red Slaw Dogs and Variety Bake Shop Doughnuts, Scottsboro AL

There's also Brent's in Fondren:
Brent's Drugs in Fondren, Jackson MS

Brent's Drugs in Fondren, Jackson MS

Toomer's in Auburn:
Inside Toomer's, Auburn Alabama

Borroum's in Corinth:

Borroum's, Corinth MS

Borroum's, Corinth MS

Borroum's, Corinth MS

Gilchrist Drugs in Mountain Brook (my go-to for aspic):
Gilchrist Drugs, Mountain Brook AL

Trowbridge's in Florence:
Trowbridge's, Florence AL

Huggin' Molly's in Abbeville:
Huggin' Molly's, Abbeville AL

There are many others in the area but I'll stop here. Does anyone know of a really good, comprehensive list of soda fountains (email me, please, if so)? I Googled, but found a bunch of incomplete sites.

...maybe we should start one? The research would be yummy, anyway...

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