Franklin Fountain, Philadelphia, PA

Quick Guide to Girls Against Gluten Dining:

Celiac Safe Options: Yes
Gluten-Free Friendly Options: Yes
Gluten Free Menu: No
Peanut Allergy Friendly: Yes
Tree Nut Allergy Friendly: Yes
Soy Allergy Friendly: Yes

Franklin Fountain is known for their ice cream and soda floats. Ice Cream is one of my all-time favorite foods and Franklin Fountain did not disappoint. Dining out is super scary with food allergies and Franklin Fountain made it so much less stressful. Their menu can be found online on their website to check out before you head in. They even have dairy free and vegan ice cream options.

The ice cream parlor is located on Market Street right in the heart of Old City. It is decorated with old-time antiques and knick-knacks that make the shops ambiance fit right into Old City. Once you get into line, there are signs up that say to notify a soda jerk if you have any allergies before placing an order.

There are SO many flavors to chose from. The allergy menu I found stated that the only flavor that didn’t have gluten was the Hydrox Cookie. Peanut butter and pistachio contained peanuts. Butter pecan, Cherry Butter Almond, Maple Walnut and Pistachio all had Tree Nuts. Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Mint Chip, Hydrox Cookie, Rockie Road, Whirley Berlery, Vegan Chocolate all contained soy. All of the soda syrups were safe.

I ordered a small vanilla ice cream which was gluten-free, nut free and soy free.  Once I alerted the soda jerk of my allergy she assured me they would washed their hands, clean the equipment and scoop my order from a fresh container in the back. I watched them do just that. The ice cream was delicious and I will definitely be back for more! Let me know if you have tried it out and what your favorite flavor is!

Contact Information:

Address: 116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dishes: Dessert, Ice Cream


The kitchen there does process wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy and eggs so be sure to notify them of all food allergies to reduce the risk of cross contamination. 

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