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Fizzy’s Fountain & Liquors Provides Old-School Feel, New Drinks

Apr 28, 2022 05:16PM ● By Tamsen Butler
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Photo by Bill Sitzmann

Fizzy’s Fountain & Liquors in Little Bohemia opened in March 2020. This is an adult version of a classic soda fountain, featuring a vintage look and feel, plenty of drink options, and a menu of elevated diner food.  

It’s a place to go for the quirkiness of it—certainly not for a quiet night out.

While it’s true that the eatery doesn’t allow minors, so there’s no danger of a tantrum-throwing toddler in the next booth over, Fizzy’s plays their music so loudly that the customers feel compelled to speak louder to be heard over the music—and the tables are very close together. So, instead of screaming children, there are nearly screaming adults and loud music that harkens back to the days of busy soda fountains. 

It’s also dark, but the quirkiness of the eatery makes it seem brighter. Customers order from phones attached to the wall instead of ordering from a server standing nearby with a notepad. We never saw the woman who took our orders via phone, but she was very nice. 

The staff was attentive and kept our water glasses filled throughout the meal. Every time we ordered something else, it was quickly brought to our table. On this night, my husband and I met with two friends at Fizzy’s for an old-fashioned double date to complement the vintage feel of the restaurant.

Photo by Bill Sitzmann

 I ordered a vegan burger because, in my opinion, if an eatery can get a vegan burger right, the rest of their food must be pretty good, too. Fizzy’s vegan burger features a Beyond Meat patty with vegan cheese and a “special sauce” and pickles on a bun. It was a good dish, albeit a little salty for my taste, but I wasn’t disappointed.

My husband, who has never once ordered a vegan burger and certainly wasn’t going to start with this meal, ordered the Fizzy’s Double Cheeseburger featuring a wagyu beef patty along with all the typical burger fixings, including a “fancy sauce.” He said it was a good burger and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The shoestring fries served with a side of ketchup were a little hit-or-miss. Some of the fries were crispy and tasty while some were soggy and limp, but the presentation of the fries in a paper bag on a plate was a quirky and fun touch. We left no fry untouched.

Photo by Bill Sitzmann

My friend ordered a Hummingbird Song from the Ice Cream Cocktails menu. It’s a cardamom-clove gin with mango, velvet falernum, and coconut ice cream from local favorite Coneflower Creamery. She took her first sip and her eyes lit up. I asked her if the drink was good and she breathed, “Oh, yeah” before taking another sip. Her husband ordered a Scriptown Nutjob Brown Ale, which he described as a “good, smooth, dark beer.”

We all enjoyed seeing local sourcing on the cocktail and food menus. Like most Omahans, we want to see local places supporting other local places. 

My friend and her husband enjoyed the sandwiches they ordered—a burger for her and a “Rooster” for him, which features a fried chicken thigh and fixings. All of us agreed the food was good and said we wouldn’t be opposed to eating there again sometime. We would just have to make sure it was on a night where we didn’t have to have any serious or private conversations, since that’s not what Fizzy’s is about. It’s an eatery designed for rambunctious fun and laughter in an adults-only setting.

Photo by Bill Sitzmann

Fizzy’s has an extensive menu of drinks, from beer and wine to house cocktail slushees and drinks like an Espresso Martini and a “Flying Chai”—a cocktail comprised of chai aged rum, honey, vanilla, lime, and Prosecco. Those looking for an interesting drink in a quirky place will find Fizzy’s is an excellent choice.

Though we didn’t get the opportunity to visit during Fizzy’s “Hangover Brunch,” the menu for that is full of perfect foods for hangover recovery, such as biscuits and gravy, breakfast tacos, and plenty of booze options. They also host Happy Hour Wednesday through Saturday from 5-7 p.m. with a limited menu of tasty bites and drinks. 

The crescendo of the meal was dessert. The pie flavor that day was cherry-ginger, served warm with a scoop of Coneflower Creamery vanilla ice cream on top. The pie itself is served in an individual pie dish instead of as a slice that allows the filling to spill all over the plate.  I would absolutely visit Fizzy’s again just to eat that pie. 

Visit fizzysomaha.com for more information.

This article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.  

Photo by Bill Sitzmann