Special Guest Review: Marion's Variety

This special Ironport guest review was written by Brown-Ribbon Bearer, Rex P., of Vernal, UT. On behalf of Brown-Ribbon Bearers everywhere, thank you for the awesome review, Rex. Your enthusiasm for Ironport is a beacon to the world!


Let me first start with a little background of myself. I am 28 years old, I have two kids and a wonderful wife who keeps me honest. I live in Vernal, Utah -- about 30 miles East of Roosevelt where Marion's is located. I was born and raised in Roosevelt, being a small town I have frequented Marion's Often but never before tried the Ironport. Until June 11, 2012 I had only experienced the joys of Ironport one time in Logan Utah and that was at least 2 years ago. Upon learning of Brown-Ribbon Events, I took the opportunity to visit Marion's and submit a review for all the Ironport fans who may be traveling through Northeastern Utah and find themselves in need of a cool drink.

Marion's is an old fashioned bar stool style soda fountain centered on Main Street in Roosevelt Utah. This family operated variety store/soda fountain has been open since 1936 and to this day when you walk through the door you feel like you have gone back in time. When you open the door you will hear a chime that has become comfortably familiar for me followed by a "Hello and Welcome" from the employee's behind the bar. Strait ahead there is a bar with about 20 bar stools available for sitting or to your right there are three booths that fit 4 people each. My wife Stephanie, kids and I headed directly to the bar.

The service was excellent, they were prepared and waiting for our order. "What can I get you?" asked the waitress, my three year old boy immediately yelled "I want a hot dog" My wife followed with "I'll take a diet Mt Dew." Obviously I ordered an Ironport and then shot a scowling look of disappointment at my wife, I continued to scold her as the waitress went to get our drinks for her ignorance towards ironport. Her reply "Mt Dew sounded good", inexcusable in my book, but what can you do. I decided to stick with the classic Vanilla Ironport as I figured I should start slow and work my way into the many flavors offered. Upon its arrival I sat studying the dark caramel color for a moment and then quickly dipped in for my first taste. It was sweet, almost to the edge of too sweet but not, very smooth and refreshing with a great flavor. As I was indulging in the sweet liquid my one year old little girl who was sitting on my lap reached out and grabbed my straw. She leaned forward looked me directly in the eyes and took her first taste of Ironport. Although she is only 18 months old, I could see her eyes beaming, her taste buds were exploding, I had lost my drink to a one year old as she would no longer allow me to share with her. She is a true blooded Ironport fan. Through this experience I learned that my wife and my son are two immature to enjoy the wonders of Ironport but my daughter is wise beyond her years and takes after her father. I would highly recommend the Ironport at Marions, make sure you try it with a double BBQ Burger...mmm

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