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We recently took a trip back to 1955. You know: James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, poodle skirts and saddle shoes. At least that's what it felt like when we had lunch at The Soda Fountain in Remsen, as the pictures will attest.

We enjoyed friendly service, artistic touches from a bygone era, and signature menu items like the Remsen Garbage Plate (on the left below), their special Black n' Bleu Burger (center), and Mom's Homemade Meatloaf (on the right). And you can't leave without trying the Erin Hamlin Sundae, a delicious dessert in honor of Remsen's Olympic luge hero.

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The Soda Fountain was built in the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008 and opened for business in May of 2008. The owners, Steve and Lynn Boucher wanted to open a restaurant in their hometown that could be a gathering place for Central New York. Here's a look:

The joint also has a bit of a split personality, as depicted in one of the pics in the gallery above. There's a separate dining area called the "Adirondack Room." It has a large corner stone fireplace and lights created by Meyda Lighting that match the rustic decor, in case you're in the mood for that type of dining experience.