I love ice cream. I love good ice cream. That’s why I love The Franklin Fountain in Old City. Delicious hand-made ice cream served in a beautiful, old-fashioned fashion parlor is just my cup of tea. But as I ordered my Broken Hearts sundae last night, I noticed something that puzzled me.
What the heck is the “Southern Sympathizer?” Puzzled, I consulted my menu.
Okay. But what does a “sweet-talkin’ LOUISIANA GIRL in her Sunday best” have to do with the name “Southern sympathizer”? I can understand calling it the “Southern belle,” or “Southern Comfort” or something similar – but “Southern Sympathizer”! Are you kidding me?
I checked out the website. Hmmmm. “The Franklin Fountain aims to serve an experience steeped in ideals, drizzled with drollery, and sprinkled with the forgotten flavors of the American past.” My Confederate flag radar just went on high alert.
I Googled “Southern sympathizer.” Perhaps some sort of ice cream precedent I didn’t know about? Nope. A Southern sympathizer is just that - a Southern sympathizer. What (if anything) am I missing here? Help? Someone care to clarify?
I understand romanticizing the past. And certainly it shouldn’t be forgotten. At the same time, given Philadelphia’s history – I’d rather not frequent any place sympathetic to the losing side of the Civil War.