Old soda fountains are like drive-in movie theaters: We've forgotten what makes them so special. And just like the moment when the opening credits finally come onto the screen as the sky darkens over a parking lot, the magic of every soda fountain lies in anticipation.
While Fat City has tried to remind you of the joy of getting a chocolate malt from Fox's Drug Store in Raytown, you may not have experienced a classically mixed soda from the Old Mill Tasty Shop (604 East Douglas) in Wichita.
The original soda fountain, which serves individually mixed sodas, limeades, shakes and malts, is the biggest attraction. The menu is a mix of sandwiches and Mexican dishes. If it's at a classic diner, it's probably served here. The green chili comes topped with mozzarella and a punch strong enough to clear my sinuses. The peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich on cake-sweet white bread is a perfect bite.