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Published March 13th 2014
It is time to hang out American Style
As you enter into the retro Coke Cola door you are welcomed with a 1950s ambience, there are high stalls, couches and vintage artwork. The diner feel is interesting and very American.
Unfortunately, I was confused slightly with the name as there is no sodas sold here but that did not stop me from having a good time and enjoying drinks. Some of the alcoholic drinks are served up in jam jars with old fashioned paper straws, while others were served in a tall milkshake glass. The alcoholic beverages are nice, however, they are very light handed with the alcohol which was a bummer as the drinks were slightly over priced. Cocktails start from $17 and ice-cream floats are $ 14.
On a brighter note, the food was delightful and the hot dogs are a must try. All hotdogs are $ 10- 'The Buffalo Bill' hotdog was extremely tasty, the crispy chicken sausage is smothered in a buffalo sauce which really awakens those taste buds with the hit of spice as the cheese compliments the spice of the sauce; it reminded me of a chicken burger! 'The Texan Redneck' is a must try too, it is a pork sausage with smoked chilli, cheese and completed with BBQ sauce; the flavours work so well together and it is an interesting combination.
The hotdogs we tried: The Buffalo Bill, The Texan Redneck & The Johnny Drama...
Finally we tried 'The Johnny Drama' which is a beef frankfurter, bacon, sour cream, avocado and topped with a yummy tomato salsa. The flavours unite so well together leaving you craving for another one. The tomato salsa was the perfect ending touch with a hint of coriander running through it which concluded the hotdog. The Soda Factory Cheese Burger ($ 15) is the ultimate 'old fashioned' burger with the right amount of flavours and textures.
I personally did not enjoy the springs rolls, as I found the flavours did not work very well with my taste buds, however the pastry was cooked to perfection with the perfect crunch and amount of layers.
The whole atmosphere is designed to hang out with friends, after work drinks or simply celebrating an occasion with a group of family and friends. It is certainly not a place to book and enjoy just for two. I do not recommend this place as a 'lover's romantic' hang out.
The music is extremely loud which makes it hard to hear, but it is quite quirky and retro, which was fun.
The bathrooms are a must check out, it is very 1950s with pin up girls posters on the walls and rusted buckets as the sink, which really stuck to the theme.
Overall, I did enjoy myself, the food was great, the staff were friendly, but the drinks are not worth it as the alcohol is very light handed which is a disappointment considering it is a bar atmosphere, however, in saying that they were tasty.
The best way to get here is by train or bus. Museum Station is the closest being less than a five minute walk, by bus: any that stops at Museum Station.