House, Environment & Food

Time Travel Lunch

Posted by Donna Rouviere Anderson | March 09, 2018
Photos by Forrest Anderson

Hungry. Nostalgic. In Orange, California.

If you ever meet all of these criteria at one time, Watson’s Soda Fountain & Café is the place to stop for a hamburger and old fashioned shake or banana split.

Located in a former drug store on 116 East Chapman Ave., the café is a delightful blast from the 1890s soda fountain past, with old pharmacy counters and cabinets, nostalgic drug store memorabilia, good and friendly service, abundant food and – best of all – old fashioned shakes, banana splits and sundaes. 

Watson's specializes in hamburgers and old-fashioned soda fountain shakes, although their menu has a broad selection of entrees. When you're done eating, wander around the restaurant and enjoy the authentic old pharmacy decor. 


Watson's Soda Fountain and Cafe window




Watson's waiter



Coca-Cola bottles


Note: This is not a sponsored story - it's just a heads up, as we love to eat here when we're in Orange.