Hot Chocolate

(773) 489-1747 | View Website

1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions   60647

41.913700 -87.677436

Open Hours

Monday To Sunday From 10:00 AM To 03:00 PM Tuesday To Wednesday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Thursday From 05:30 PM To 11:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 12:00 AM

 
Restaurants, Dessert Shops, New American  more

More Cuisine: Traditional American

Price: $

Tags: Group Dining, Hidden Find, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Notable Chef, People Watching

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: West Side, Wicker Park

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Menu
Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Bloody Mary, Good Lookin’ Bird, Mimosa, Bellini, Bloodhound, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, and Mango, Coffee Cake, Warm Doughnuts... more

Reviews for Hot Chocolate

In 1528 Cortez, a Spanish explorer, brought cocoa beans from the Aztecs to King Charles V and the first hot chocolate was made. The formula was kept under wraps and reserved for nobility, until of course, someone found out about it and was all "Heck no, it is chocolate time!" Hundreds or years later and it is STILL chocolate time. The newly renovated Hot Chocolate, a long-time fixture of best-of lists in Chicago, has an option fit for kings. What's old is new again, and the Wicker Park pastry mecca again sports some serious crowds thanks to James Beard Award-winning Chef Mindy Segal's pastry program, one of the best in the city. The revamped pastry menu includes a "study" section, which takes one local, seasonal ingredient (cherries, at the moment) and riffs them into 4-5 different desserts. As enticing as that is, don’t skimp on the savory. Hot Chocolate also has one of the best burgers in town, made from Heartland beef, organic bacon and aged cheddar.
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Formerly known as Mindy's Hot Chocolate, this fabulous bakery and bistro proceeds all from a single woman's genius: the multiple James Beard Award-nominated chef whose expert, inventive food made this place a Chicago landmark.

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There's something about knowing I'm going to Hot Chocolate for brunch/dinner/dessert that warms my soul like nothing else. Despite the name, savory standouts include the lamb sausage, Carr Valley Creama Kasa cheese, arugula, oregano oil and grainy mustard on flatbread as well as the burger, half-roasted chicken and Tuscan kale salad. Even if you don't have room, order at least a few desserts (the peanut butter and jelly and banana baked Alaska are personal favorites) and then top it all off with a malted coffee cocoa nib milkshake in summer and black and tan hot chocolate with housemade marshmallows in winter.

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A favorite brunch spot, Hot Chocolate's menu includes warm doughnuts with raspberry jam, quiche, biscuits and gravy, and fantastic hot chocolates.

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The name is deceiving. Hot chocolate might make the best of their namesake, but this is also a really, truly awesome restaurant.

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Some of the best pastries in the city come from this gorgeous little shop.

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I like the redo - more rustic-urban, nice takeout (and gift!) options with a separate coffee/chocolate bar and packaged hot cocoa to go. Burger's still one of the best with local Heartland Beef (short rib's in the mix). Try the "affogato" with dark hot chocolate instead of espresso to drink dessert.

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4.0

Biggest challenge here is saving room for dessert! Pastas are killer, brunch sandwiches rock, but sweets (hot choc, ice cream, tarts) a must

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

total disappointment – After waiting for 50 minutes for our dinner my friends and I were more than irritated. Finally when it arrived my mussles were completely uncooked, smelled and looked just plain disgusting. My friend' s meals were also mediocre. The desert was recommended, it wasn't that fantastic either. In conclusion I will never return again to this D - restaurant.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

a must try! – I had dinner with friends on a Sunday night. Got seated wright away. Excellent service.Tried the cheese tasting as an appetizer(very good), the whitefish with chorizo and the porkchop (both excellent), the chocolate tart, chocolate pillows and the donuts with chocolate sauce for desert. It was almost a sexual experience!! Very romantic. Very friendly and not pretentious. Easy to miss if you're not paying attention cuz the only sign is painted on the window!! Not a lot of choices on the dinner menu.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Trendy and mediocre – Put simply this place isn't that good. The menu is small and unimaginative, the food is not particularly well prepared and the serving sizes are almost laughable. The desert is equally disappointing. The bottom line is if your going to charge as much as these guys charge your restaurant must either be high quality, interesting or leave you stuffed. This place fails in all respects. In short...save your money and skip this place. Hopefully it will go out of business and a better place will rise out of its ashes

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Yummy – Two of my firends and I went there as a part of our b-day club and we were not disappointed. The mussels and pork loin sandwich were yummy. I was a little taken aback that sandwiches were $12-15, a little pricey but worth it. The cheese service was great too. The Chocolate dessert, a warm chocolate souflee with carmel ice cream was dreamy. Chocoholics rejoice! Our server was absolutely fantastic!! He made us feel comfortable and was very knowledgeable about the menu.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Bad bad bad – This place had promise when we walked in, however, we should have known we were in for a bad experience when we were waiting at our "full-service lounge" table for 15 minutes without so much as an acknowledgement from a waiter. We didn't stick around long enough to find out if the overpriced "creations" (or in real terms, small nibbles of dessert) were worth the poor treatment. If you are looking for a trendy, yet rude, place that sucks the money out of your wallet, then head on over and enjoy.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

A Welcome Addition – If Homer Simpson died and went to heaven he would eat brioche donuts from Hot Chocolate. Accompanied with melted hot fudge sauce and a sprinkle of caramel corn these puppies are AMAZING. Other good choices are, well, everything on the menu. I've tried the carrot cake and strawberry crepe (both delicious). Also try the dessert wines if you're going, something different that adds a nice note to your treat. Specialty hot chocolates and milkshakes can't be missed either! We had outstanding service at this place and were made to feel very welcomed. Just another reason to keep coming back!

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5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful!! – WOW, I was very very impressed. What a pleasant change of pace. If I lived closer I would be a regular. This place is great. The food was excellent. Best ever!!!!!

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Best of Citysearch

Won for:
Dessert Spot (2009)
Dessert Spot (2008)
Dessert Spot (2007)
Dessert Spot (2006)
Nominations Nominated for:
Brunch (2013)
Burger (2013)
Burger (2009)
Romantic Restaurant (2009)
First Date Spot (2008)
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