A banana split is served with a smile at the Bluebird’s soda fountain.
With its pale marble counter and gleaming bar mirror, the soda fountain at Utah's oldest restaurant, the Bluebird, beckons to passersby on Main Street in Logan, a half hour north of Salt Lake City. Appetites compete, as they have since the eatery opened in 1914: A chocolate shake or an ice cream sundae? What about dinner?
In 1923, the Bluebird moved and went upscale. Still in evidence are the 20-foot ceilings hung with chandeliers, the intimate dining areas, and the ballroom. Although the white tablecloths are now gone, you can get a prime rib sandwich for $7. And even if you skip the ice cream, be sure to ask the soda jerk for an ironport, a soft drink served principally in the intermountain West that tastes like cream soda with a bite.
A son of the original owner sold the Bluebird in 1994 to An Sheng Xu and his family. "We have good, loyal customers," Xu says. "They've come here for years. " Many who recall visiting as children now bring their grandkids, he says. 19 N. Main St., (435) 752-3155.
Photography by Nicole Morgenthau
This article was first published in March 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.