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Crown Candy Kitchen

Ice Cream Parlor and Diner$$$$
Old North St. Louis, St Louis
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    Mallory O.
    "As everyone says, get the BLT and Chocolate malt your first time."(10 Tips)
    Anthony A.
    "Famous for their BLT but the turkey bacon melt is my favorite."(5 Tips)
    Meg M.
    "They have THE best chocolate banana malt ever!"(4 Tips)
    "Marshmallow malt is the best"(4 Tips)
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  • Mallory O.heart icon on user image
    Mallory O'BrienApril 2, 2014
    As everyone says, get the BLT and Chocolate malt your first time. You'll be astonished at the amount of bacon! You'll def need a to-go box. Super friendly staff and cool old timey atmosphere!
  • Barbara A.
    Barbara AndersonDecember 28, 2013
    Think Charlie & the chocolate factory candy & soda shop! BLT = bacon lovers dream. Both the chocolate & marshmallow malt shake's are scrumdillyumptious! Wait for a seat or place your order to go.
  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleyJune 8, 2019
    I hereby anoint this fresh banana malt, dyed blue in fervor of the STL Blues hockey team as they battle for the Stanley Cup, King of all smoothies and malts across this land. Best malt I’ve ever had.
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CJune 26, 2015
    A true classic.... ... that is disappearing from neighborhoods. Crown Candy Kitchen was simply special; excellent, simple sandwiches, chili, chili mac (!), and lunch counter staples.
  • Erik R.heart icon on user image
    Erik RowleyJune 8, 2019
    One of the best sandwich spots in the world, like stepping back in time inside an old soda shop. The BLT served with Miracle whip has 1 lb of bacon packed in it! And it’s incredible.
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesJune 13, 2013
    Make sure to check out the Ozark black walnut and black cherry ice cream or the legendary milkshake -- if you can drink five in half an hour, they're all free.
  • Ted M.heart icon on user image
    Ted McFebruary 3, 2016
    This place is cool, love the early 1900's vibe. The area around it is a bit downtrodden unfortunately but it is worth the trip...during daylight hours.
  • drew t.heart icon on user image
    drew tarvinAugust 4, 2015
    There's usually a line out the door and for good reason: the chocolate milkshake. The only reason not to get it is if you are lactose intolerant. And even then it's still a toss up.
  • Stephenheart icon on user image
    StephenAugust 9, 2018
    The great folks working here serve you up the best Turkey BLT W/ a Chocolate Banana Malt you’ll ever have until the next time you visit Crown Candy!
  • Ryan S.heart icon on user image
    Ryan ScherffFebruary 14, 2016
    A MUST if you're in Stl. Fast & friendly service. Credit cards accepted. Get th. Unbelievable milkshakes & candy is delicious & sold by the 1/4 pound. Will visit again. 3-🌟
  • Joshua F.heart icon on user image
    Joshua FearsFebruary 16, 2019
    Marshmallow malt, BLT, Rueben, jawbreakers, chocolate. Do not worry about the line. It moves fast, and in the end you won’t complain about it anyway. This is a St. Louis treasure.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 26, 2016
    This retro St. Louis spot has been around since 1913, which means it’s doing something right. PSA: If you can drink five malts in 30 minutes, they’re on the house. Do you have what it takes? Read more
  • Riverfront Times
    Riverfront TimesOctober 10, 2012
    RFt 2012 Best of St. Louis Winner - Best Milkshake- Crown Candy is a St. Louis tradition that everyone should experience no matter their age!
    RONALD KIMBREWNovember 19, 2011
    This is a St. Louis landmark since 1913. This place makes its own candy. The milkshakes are made the old-fashioned way & there's a BLT Sandwich that's loaded with large amounts of bacon.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 24, 2014
    come for the BLT or breaded chicken w/ miracle whip!!! also great candy and sundae selection (fruit salad sundae & fire chief special). get the rice krispy on a stick
  • lindsey o.heart icon on user image
    lindsey olsenJune 18, 2015
    The area is a little sketchy but the malts were worth it. Chocolate banana and chocolate fudge
  • Dakota D.heart icon on user image
    Dakota DancyNovember 17, 2015
    The Heart attack BLT is so good! Bacon was cooked perfect. Not too hard, not too soft!
  • Scott M.heart icon on user image
    Scott M.August 4, 2017
    The sandwiches and malts are awesome!! Massive bacon on the BLT and fresh cut meats - can't beat it - great for kids and families too!
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BeckhamJuly 23, 2012
    My personal favorite thing there is definitely the cherry lemonade, its delicious. iAlways get the chili as well but the shakes are great.
  • Kadee W.heart icon on user image
    Kadee WhiteMay 21, 2016
    The malts were worth the wait. Cherry and a marshmallow malt - so creamy/thick! Great service too
  • Suzanne R.heart icon on user image
    Suzanne RichardsonJuly 22, 2016
    Line out the door - be patient it is worth it! Great portions, nice selection.
  • The Artificial
    The ArtificialNovember 27, 2017
    Crown Candy is a family-owned diner that's been in St. Louis for over 100 years. Serving traditional lunch fare, the real reason to visit Crown Candy is for the malts, milkshakes, and sundaes.…
  • Jerry K.
    Jerry KleebApril 20, 2014
    Home of the 5 milkshakes in 1/2 hour challenge. No worries about the "B" in the BLT.
  • Annie S.
    Annie StithApril 1, 2014
    Best to go on an empty stomach. :) Between the gargantuan sundaes, huge shakes and malts, and handmade candy, you'll need all the room you can get.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HurstJanuary 9, 2013
    Hwy61's @gbuallrd once cracked the code for unlimited ice cream for only $6.50 using sound mathematical reasoning, and added "don’t forget to show your work" when ordering desert. Read more
  • Brittany S.heart icon on user image
    Brittany SmithMay 25, 2017
    Oh the malts are SO GOOD!!! Turkey special (add cheese) is delicious. Oh the ice cream, it's so delicious!!
  • Nick G.
    Nick GreifJuly 8, 2012
    In a less-than-great neighborhood, crown candy is a shining star of milkshakes, snacks, and old-fashioned candy heaven. Worth the visit for the sugar high and the East St. Louis experience.
  • Michelle A.heart icon on user image
    Michelle ArakakiNovember 7, 2014
    Turkey melt is to die for! Warm with tons of cheese and crunchy bacon and fresh sliced turkey is savory and sweet.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 10, 2013
    Grab a cup of water from the jug sitting to the right of the entrance while you wait in line at this St. Louis institution.
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OertherDecember 22, 2013
    BLT with one full pound of bacon, and a cherry shake. Absolute belly bomb! Try the chocolate nonpareils for dessert.
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HerzogJanuary 14, 2012
    BLT is delicious, but u have to be a true Bacon lover. Ice cream soda is delicious. First time here? Split the malt with a friend. It's a lot!
  • Dianne C.heart icon on user image
    Dianne CartyAugust 7, 2015
    Its a St Louis tradition to try at least once, but we really got turned off by crowds, lines, rude waitresses, tiny booths and unbelievable din inside.
  • Alaina D.heart icon on user image
    Alaina DonovanJanuary 22, 2013
    Super packed 24/7 but TOTALLY worth the wait. be prepared to wait outside. Order: the signature crown sundae! Phenomenal.
  • 24 Hour F.
    24 Hour Food GeekMay 18, 2015
    Try the Turkey Bacon Melt - Turkey bacon melt - turkey breast, Swiss, provolone, bacon, on sourdough bread. Crown candy kitchen. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Chris D.heart icon on user image
    Chris DavisMarch 9, 2017
    Idk why it took me 25 years to visit!! I've missed out on so much I feel lol. The chocolate malt is excellent!
  • Karen>ArchCityHomes
    Karen>ArchCityHomesOctober 22, 2011
    Don't get scared off by the line, it moves really fast. If you visit during the summer, cross the street and check out the farmer's market for all local produce.
  • Erine B.heart icon on user image
    Erine BustamanteJuly 27, 2012
    Fish Fillet is good and BLT too! Strawberry Malt was good. But, the line was too long. We've waited for like an hour and half, but it's worth it ;-)
  • Alexander
    AlexanderMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't wait til the last week to start getting Easter figurines...(unless you couldn't make time. ) Especially don't wait to Holy Saturday! They sell out b/c its homemade!!!
  • Aaron W.
    Aaron WilliamsMay 12, 2013
    Bucket place for residents and visitors. This photo is taken just before 11 am on Motger's Day 2013
  • Liz W.heart icon on user image
    Liz WatkinsSeptember 1, 2013
    Best malts as I just got a classic chocolate.
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsJuly 6, 2018
    Get the heart-stopping BLT and a chocolate malt.
  • Ricky H.heart icon on user image
    Ricky Hopkins, SrMarch 31, 2017
    If you like bacon or the All-American BLT, you must try it at Crown Candy Kitchen!!
  • Doug C.heart icon on user image
    Doug CouchJune 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Deliciously historic.
  • Zach H.heart icon on user image
    Zach HedrickNovember 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a chocolate-marshmallow shake! This place is one of the best in STL!
  • Paula H.
    Paula HeislerAugust 14, 2013
    Great malts and shakes! The sandwiches were also good. Great a atmosphere!
  • Chris E.heart icon on user image
    Chris EvansMay 10, 2014
    Get there early! But the wait is worth it!
  • Joseph B.heart icon on user image
    Joseph B.August 25, 2014
    Rough neighborhood, great desserts and sandwiches. Plus the olde time feel is great.
  • Cindy C.heart icon on user image
    Cindy CrookOctober 24, 2014
    Malt or bust! Also, there is a pound of bacon on the BLT as far as I can tell.
  • Lewis C.heart icon on user image
    Lewis ClarkeApril 22, 2016
    One milkshake each, and a grilled sandwich to share - that'll be enough for the day!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 7, 2011
    Can you handle the Malt Milkshake Challenge? All you have to do is drink 5 malt shakes in 30 minutes or less! As seen on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation.
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