Old-fashioned soda fountain Sweet Moses is located in the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland, an area that used to be rougher and run-down but was targeted for a bit of a revival. And revived it has: restaurants, theaters (live and movie), night clubs and new condos fill the historic buildings and the once-empy lots.
Sweet Moses sort of embodies the whole old-is-new concept: refurbished wrought-iron chairs and tables sit by a long, reclaimed marble soda-fountain counter. A bakery case displays handmade chocolates, bags of caramel corn, and jars filled with licorice and jelly orange slices. Chalkboards list the menu options and specials (however, laminated menus are available, too). And what's on those menus? Old drugstore classics: phosphates and sodas, ice cream sundaes made with Moses' ice cream (flavors include Belgian chocolate, bananas Foster, butter pecan and coffee), milk shakes and malts, and of course, root beer floats. Guests line up at the counter to place their orders (at an ornate, old-fashioned cash register) then grab a table, or they sidle up to the counter to watch the employees work while they ponder their options.
The Gordon Square specialty sundae is a gooey, chocolatey delight: A thick slab of brownie, topped with bananas Foster ice cream, caramel sauce and hot fudge (and whipped cream and a cherry, of course) for $7.25. An orange-vanilla phosphate ($2) arrives in a tall clear glass, looking sort of yellow-green (like lemon-lime) but tasting like a bubbly, sweet Creamsicle.
In a modern move, Sweet Moses offers dairy-free and sugar-free ice cream and syrups. It's easy to imagine they're just as delicious as the classics. Whatever your flavor, Sweet Moses is sure to please.