Monday, January 4, 2010

Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor - A Pittsburgh Landmark

When was the last time you bought a single scoop of premium ice cream for just $2.11? Or a gigantic, decadent Turtle Sundae - with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, caramel and fudge sauce, pecans, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry, for only $4.75? Or tried a scoop of vanilla ice cream doused in thick, rich hot fudge sauce, and a handful of chopped pecans, for less than the cost of a fast food milk shake?

Locally-made Reinhold’s ice cream is what draws most people to  Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor, located in an Art Deco building near the edge of Pittsburgh’s famed Strip District. In fact, it's been a destination for lovers of old-fashioned soda fountain fare for decades.

The family-owned Klavon's actually began as a soda fountain drugstore, in 1925. You'll sit amidst mahogany shelves full of 1920s medicine bottles, a plethora of penny candy, and a marble soda fountain that transport you back in time from the moment you take a seat beside the stained glass windows full of 'Christmas' lights.

Order a tall, frosty ice cream soda, a phosphate, or the long-time Pittsburgh favorite – Large Pecan Balls. These baseball-sized scoops of vanilla ice cream arrive covered in pecans and smothered with customer’s choice of chocolate, hot fudge or hot caramel topping plus a large dollop of whipped cream.

And there's no need to leave non-ice cream fans at home. They can chow down on a gyro or souvlaki sandwich, or savor a bowl of sirloin beef vegetable soup. But, for the best of both worlds, enjoy your lunch plus ice cream, and then take a nice long walk through the neighborhood. It's an easy bet that Klavon's will quickly become a favorite place to treat yourself. 


The Diva on a Diet said...

Wow, this looks like my kind of place. Your post has me wondering why my neighborhood doesn't have a place like this. More's the pity!

lisa waterman gray said...

Yep-it was a pretty cool place. Where do you live?


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Ashley Kavanaugh said...

My class just read the book Macaroni Boy by Katherine Ayres, and now we are doing a reasearch project on it. My group got assigned Klavon's and your post was a great help! Thank you!

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