OPINION – Soft drink lovers take their soda-sipping very seriously.
Whether you drink it on the daily, or save it it for special occasions – it’s no secret that some bubbles rise above the rest.
While I encourage you to drink plenty of water, I have to admit certain foods just taste better with soda. However, since not all coke or Pepsi products taste the same, I hit the town with the ultimate taste test determined to discover the best soda spots St. George has to offer. From fast-food to buffets, here’s my round-up of the top 10 places (in no particular order).
Styrofoam cup? Check. Fresh limes? Check. Pebbled ice? Check. Make it dirty (add coconut flavor)? Check.
Need I say more? This obvious choice has all the bells and whistles for cola connoisseurs. Although every customer is encouraged to have fun with the flavors, I usually stick to my drink of choice – a Diet Coke with a hint of lime.
When I want to mix it up, I order the wild (Mountain Dew with mango puree), the bloody wild (Mountain Dew with strawberry + mango), or the raspberry dream (Dr. Pepper with raspberry puree + coconut cream).
Trust me. I’m a big fan of supporting everything local. But in order to be fair, I have to be honest.
McDonald’s has a good thing going when it comes to their soft drinks. You can get any size for $1, and 9.9 times out of 10 I drive away 100 percent satisfied with the taste.
It’s not just personal preference here – McDonald’s is known for paying close attention to their beverage systems. It’s a combination of proper filtration, perfect temperatures, and prechilled syrup and water that allow their product to always achieve a gold standard.
They even go as far as having a slightly wider straw, so all your tastebuds get rewarded. Well done, Mickey D’s.
3. Tom’s Deli
I’m a regular at this lunch spot, and it’s not just because of their fresh subs and to-die-for potato salad.
Typically, I’m a water-with-a-lemon-girl at lunchtime, but Tom’s Deli has irresistible fountain drinks. Their pebbled ice is unlike any other, and somehow achieves a frosted-mug taste in a paper cup.
It’s the little things that make a big difference.
This all-you-can-eat buffet happens to serve over 40 soft drinks, and includes both Coke and Pepsi products in the lineup. •everyone cheers• They are also one of the few places that serves the Utah native nonalcoholic Apple Beer on tap.
But it’s not just their wide selection of soda (and amazing scones) that add them to the list. Among other things, cleanliness is a huge factor when it comes to taste, and Chuck-A-Rama performs routine maintenance daily on every soda machine.
In other words, I’d go back for seconds if I were you.
5. Taco Bell
This is partially because McDonald’s only serves Coke, so I didn’t want to leave out my Pepsi people. But it’s mainly because Taco Bell is the only place you can order Baja Blast (tropical lime Mountain Dew). It’s life changing!
Taco Bell currently offers a “happier hour” featuring $1 medium drinks and freezes from 2-5 pm every day. (Limited time only.)
I don’t always drink Pepsi products, but when I do – it’s usually Baja Blast.
6. Slurps Up
If you’re looking for a hip place with free wifi, hit up slurps up. (Just be sure you have the “cool” surfer lingo down first.)
You’ll be ordering things like the gnarly dp, cowabunga, and rip tide. Don’t stress, they will translate!
They too, offer both Coke and Pepsi products. And styrofoam cups. And pebbled ice. Which is totally radical, dude.
Side note: Their real Italian gelato is the same gelato that is served at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. So you should probably/definitely order a scoop or two while you’re there!
7. Cafe Rio
I have two words for you: Vanilla Coke. Enough said.
8. Fabulous Freddy’s
Fabulous Flavors. Fabulous Prices.
Serving both Coke and Pepsi, you can delight in a 32 oz styrofoam cup of sunshine for only $1. Be sure to top it off with a freshly-cut lemon or lime!
With 1,392,085 fountain drink and slush combinations, Sonic is always a refreshing option.
I like to do things differently here and order either the cherry limeade or their exclusive Ocean Water. Take your best friend during happy hour (2-4 pm) and enjoy two drinks for the price of one.
10. Judd’s General Store
Did you even question whether or not this historical store would make the list?
Of course not. Because old-fashioned soda served in a chilled glass bottle always deserves to be recognized!
Especially when you can pair it with the most famous breadsticks in town, also making Judd’s a lovely lunch destination.
- Swig | Website
- McDonald’s | Website
- Tom’s Deli | Facebook
- Chuck-A-Rama | Website
- Taco Bell | Website
- Slurps Up | Facebook
- Cafe Rio | Website
- Fabulous Freddy’s | Website
- Sonic | Website
Ali Hill is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are her own, are not influenced through any advertising agreements with St. George News, and are not representative of St. George News.
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