Margie’s Candies has two locations. I went to 1813 W Montrose Ave, which is located right underneath the Montrose Brownline stop. Margie’s Candies has existed since 1921 and has served everyone from international musicians like the Beatles, to the Rolling Stones and even Chicago gangsters like Al Calpone. The Montrose location opened in 1813. The “Before Dessert” menu is different depending on which restaurant you are at.
I wasn’t sure where I was going or what I was getting. All I knew was that a friend had invited me out for ice cream, which I was slightly worried about because I hadn’t eaten and it was snowing pretty heavily. We met at the station and I asked if we could get dinner first and she laughed and said they had food too. Though it’s a little hard to tell at first that they serve things that are not super sweet, we had to ask for a separate menu for soups, salads, and sandwiches.
I ordered a turkey breast sandwich with cranberry’s on a hoagie bun, toasted. It came with soup or salad and I got the soup of the day which was chicken noodle that my friend enjoyed.
I enjoyed my sandwich and also ordered their hot chocolate.
When we were done eating we re-looked over the menu and up at their big black boards to try and figure out what we wanted for dessert. We ended up picking the Fudge Royal Sundae. It traditionally comes with two scoops of French Vanilla Home made ice cream, whipped cream, bananas, cherries, and cookies (vanilla wafers). Also nuts if you want nuts.
We asked for the nuts on the side and ended up with one scoop of french vanilla ice cream and one scoop of their buttered pecan. The entire thing was wonderful and huge.
The shop is kind of tiny, with limited seating. People seem to tend to order a sundae and split them amongst friends. Some of the items on the menu are massive, and each individual scoop of ice cream is good size on it’s own. While we were there kids came in and ordered candy, and other people looked at cake or ordered ice cream. I liked it, and want to try other things on their menu, maybe go back in summer when it’s probably packed and see what else they have, or check out their other location.