Photo by David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Crown Candy Kitchen

For more than 100 years — let that sink in for a second — the Karandzieff family has been sating the sweet teeth of St. Louisans and visitors at Crown Candy Kitchen. Actually, the Old North St. Louis landmark might be more popular than ever, thanks in part to national-television attention for its infamous malt challenge (drink five malts in half an hour, and they are free) and pork-on-pork Heart Stopping BLT sandwich, in part to owner Andy Karandzieff’s irascible and hilarious Twitter feed. Crown Candy Kitchen is a tourist destination, but it’s no tourist trap. It has been, is and will be a vital part of our community.