Sipping on Memories
For those who’ve been living under a rock, I might mention that Crown Candy is one of the oldest soda fountains in the country. The vintage juke box, candy jars, Coke memorabilia, and spiffy wooden booths give the North St. Louis icon the charm of yesteryear.
A Step Back in Time
Sure, Crown Candy Kitchen makes and sells candy. But fans of the ol’ sweet shop also down their malts, sundaes, sodas, and XL-size sandwiches with great gusto.
It all started back in 1913, when two immigrants opened the store in the North St. Louis neighborhood. More than a century later, candy is still made with meticulous pride along with an array of old-fashioned treats from the soda fountain and a stellar selection of lunch items.
A Tower of Porcine Extravagance
Restaurant Signs to Instruct and Amuse
Upon entering Crown, you learn from several placards, that there are “No Separate Checks.” I don’t mind that, in fact, I always appreciate seeing the word “separate” spelled correctly in public signage.
The largest sign is next to the menu board. It reads: “Please keep feet off booths.” I suppose that’s a problem when you have white-painted furnishings. But while we were there people were respectful of the request; no one was bounced for non-compliance. 🙂
There were other signs, appropriately placed. The one next to the candy jars declared: “Quarter pound minimum on all candy.” I’m assuming you can mix varieties of the same price to reach the goal, but I didn’t ask.
The Chicken Salad Mystery
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
I inquired about the chicken salad sandwich (which the menu notes is only served on Tuesday and Thursday and in limited supply). Why the rationing? Was poultry delivered only twice a week or the salad made by a part-time employee?
I’m sure there’s a logical explanation. If you know the rationale for restricting the availability of the chicken salad, please let me know.
Crown Candy Kitchen, 1400 St. Louis Avenue. Open: Mon-Thu 10:30a-8p; Fri-Sat 10:30a-9p; Sun: Closed.
Expect lines at Crown Candy Kitchen, but they’re friendly and move fast.
Photo: (Painting at left is by St. Louis artist Marilynn Bradley of the Old Orchard Gallery