I walked into the Wood’s Pharmacy & Old Fashioned Soda Fountain on a Wednesday, thank goodness, when the special was chicken pot pie with a side salad and a roll. It was a cool, rainy March day in Mountain View and I was delighted to see one of my favorite comfort foods on the menu. I grew up with my grandmother and my mother making this dish from scratch. In fact, it’s something I’m carrying on. I use our family recipes for the pie dough and also stew a hen and pick it off the bone. I enjoy the process of making it as much as eating it.
Ordering chicken pot pie in a restaurant is always risky though. I mean, seriously, how can it ever live up to my grandmother’s or mother’s? While I could never say anyone else’s chicken pot pie was better or as good as my family’s dish, I will say that Wood’s version was excellent. It had a flaky crust, big chunks of chicken, loads of vegetables, and a nice creamy sauce. The side salad and roll were the perfect accompaniments.
While my husband and I dug into the comfort food, our kids went for the all-American hot dog with a side of chips. There’s a wide variety on the menu, including a Reuben sandwich, Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Salad Plate, BBQ Pork Sandwich Plate, Chef Salad, Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Grilled Pimento Cheese, Polish Sausage, Grilled Cheese, and Peanut Butter and Jelly. Then there’s the good stuff, the old fashioned specialties from the soda fountain – ice cream soda, banana split, hot fudge cake, caramel apples, floats, shakes and malts, sundaes, ice cream, phosphates, limeade and lemonade.
It’s worth stopping in at Wood’s Pharmacy for the food as well as the soda fountain offerings. But you’ll also enjoy the overall ambiance of this old fashioned place that is a working pharmacy. It’s located on the Mountain View square, which has great shopping venues. In the evenings you’ll find impromptu music jams throughout the square grounds. This is Americana.