Chicago >Food & Dining > Hot Chocolate
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064741.913700 -87.677436
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
Neighborhoods: West Side, Wicker Park
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.
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.
A favorite brunch spot, Hot Chocolate's menu includes warm doughnuts with raspberry jam, quiche, biscuits and gravy, and fantastic hot chocolates.
The name is deceiving. Hot chocolate might make the best of their namesake, but this is also a really, truly awesome restaurant.
Some of the best pastries in the city come from this gorgeous little shop.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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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