3735 Wyoming St, Saint Louis, MO | Directions 6311638.599666 -90.246512
Neighborhoods: Tower Grove South, Saint Louis
Does not meet the hype – Unless you are willing to wait 1-2 hours for mediocre pizza, avoid Black Thorn. They are also not kid friendly. I have seen them kick out responsible young customers who did not have an ID on them. The restaurant is also very smoky. Black Thorn is also small and will not be able to handle a large group. The servers have been rude the last two times I have gone. All in all, I would avoid Black Thorn if possible.
What a bummer – My husband and I recently went for pizza at Black Thorn after a year and a half. We had been craving it and finally went back only to be really disappointed. We used to love it and had taken many friends there over the years. We ordered our pizza with extra sauce as that was always my favorite part and not only was it not extra sauce, there was hardly enough sauce to cover the pizza, actually bare in spots. The other toppings were minimal also. Lots of thick crust and minimal toppings makes for a very dry pizza. We were really bummed and are not going to go back, unless we hear something changes, which I hope it does. We know the pizza takes a while and that is no problem, but just to get a drink at the bar, my husband had to stand in a line for over 10 minutes. Overall, not worth it.
Avoid at all costs – Black Thorn used to be the best pizza in St. Louis, but I don't know what happened. Somehow its been lost. The dreamy cheese the wonderfully chewy crust. All Gone! Its a real shame. And the service, well thats another story. No one should be subjected to that kind of abuse. There also used to be a wonderful crowd of quirky folks that hung out there, now its the tragically hip and wannabes. I cannot recommend this place to anyone.
Thumb's up – The pizza here is not for the light hearted, literally. It may damage you if you're not in good health. The food is very rich; their pizza is loaded with cheese and other vices. Personally, I'm a sauce fan. Their pizza sauce is good and it's unfortunate they don't use more of it. I recommend asking for extra sauce and less cheese. One word of warning is that the service is a little slow. Things take time but most people agree, myself included, that it's well worth the wait. The place is particularly great for groups. The environment is comfortable and, best of all, they have darts. I love darts.
Best deep dish in the Lou – For anyone new to the area planning a visit to this south-side hangout I felt the need to provide some input. The place is what is... and it does it beautifully. So for those of you who provided negative reviews and to anyone who has never been, please take note? If you are looking for anything resembling a standard restaurant experience, please do NOT go to Black Thorn. If you are looking for service from a teenybopper waitress with a cute apron and tons of flair, please do NOT go here. If you are looking for a family place to take the kids, do NOT visit BTP. If you are in a big hurry, please steer clear of Black Thorn. However, if you are looking for a serious, thick crust pie with clog-your-arteries capability while you enjoy a solid (and cheap!) beer selection, head to Black Thorn immediately. If you are out to have a leisurely time with friends in a truly relaxed setting, then head to Black Thorn. Black Thorn Pub is and (I pray) always will be a truly fantastic neighborhood bar and pizza joint that forces one to slow down and hang out in an uncomplicated (read: perfectly dingy in all the right ways) setting. Black Thorn is a great deep-dish pizza and a truly fun, uncomplicated atmosphere.
Horrible Service, So-So Pizza – In hopes of finding a place to satisfy my yearning for Chicago-pizza, I was once again disappointed. The pizza is not as good as it is hyped up to be and definitely not worth the wait, poor service, or incredibly smokey atmosphere. By the way did I mention the horrible service? By far the worse service of any restaurant in St. Louis. I have tried this place 3 times in hopes that I got unlucky on my first visit, but every experience was the same. I will never go there again.
Long wait but yummy in the tummy – So long as you aren't in a hurry the wait is definitely worth it. We always get the Chicago style with pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms. Love the cheese, and you don't even have to order extra cheese to get a ton of it. The atmosphere is VERY casual. Relax and play some bar trivia, or shuffle board. If you like this place check out Lemmons on Gravois. They serve the same pizza there and similar atmosphere with a little more room. The service was very friendly.
The 2 Hour Pizza – Black Thorn was what I use to call the only true pizza place in St Louis. Being from the west coast I was not too fond of the pancake type paper thin pizzas that are typical to St Louis. Black Horn was rich, creamy, spicy and fresh-- one piece weighed a pound! However, due to recent kitchen staff changes (at least that is what the management has told me) my last three visits were double the time (2+ hours per pizza despite the 45 min promise) Toppings are scarce, service is less than lousy, and the pizza is always over-done.. If you decide to eat at Black Thorne, make sure you dont eat on a glass table... if you drop a piece of the crust it will probably break your glass.
something different in the pizza world – i like this place. small neigborhood joint tucked into residential street corner. would've never thought to look for it there. bar girl can improve her customer service skills for pickups, waaaayyyy toooo smoky and the pizza is great. nothing fancy tho the flavors and quality shine.
just dont show me how you make it and i'm good.
The Best Chicago style pizza! – The Chicago style pizza is so good! You have to wait for like 45 minutes but it is worth it! Get there early to grab a seat or you might was well take your pie home to eat it. Hole-in-the-wall atmosphere in a slightly scary neighborhood but a good time is always had by all!
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