Best Time Travel, East Bay - 2006
Ozzie's Soda Fountain
Some changes have occurred over the years to the building that initially housed the Elmwood Pharmacy, built in 1921 and now, pharmacy-free, known as Elmwood Health and Mercantile, but the venerable dozen-stool soda fountain, a neighborhood favorite, survives. You can order breakfast until 4 p.m., six days a week (the fountain is closed on Mondays); sandwiches made to order (especially popular is the grilled cheese, to which you may add bacon, avocado, ham, tomatoes, or red onions); and ice cream treats made with Mitchell's ice cream, including shakes (try the caramel), malts, sundaes, and banana splits. The child's plate (half a sandwich, chips, and a small soda, for $3.99) is served not only for children, but also "for the child in all of us." The coffee is Fair Trade organic. There are a few tables covered in brightly colored oilcloth, but the counter is the place to be.