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Chocolate Lava Cake in MSP

It seems like warm molten chocolate cakes are a ubiquitous presence on restaurant dessert menus. But I really like them.

What restaurants do them well in the Twin Cities area?

So far, I've had an excellent cake at Campiello (Warm Chocolate Souffle Cake) and another very good one at W.A. Frost (warm cake with rocky road topping - not exactly a lava cake though).


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  1. Chambers Kitchen served one with vanilla bean ice cream that was delicious - the cake was still very light, and the chocolate was just sweet enough.

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    1. re: latte4me

      Given that Jean-Georges Vongerichten is considered, if not the inventor, a major authority on this dessert, I'd be surprised if any place else could make it better. Maybe different, but I doubt better.

      Haven't eaten at Chambers yet, though, so I can't comment from personal experience. I have had Campiello's version more than once and have always enjoyed it.

      - g

    2. Zelo's is pretty good. There's a write up of it in last week's downtown journal -- I didn't realize how much of it was made up of local or organic ingredients. http://www.skywaynews.net/articles/20...

      1. looking for a chocolate cake with ganache in michigan preferably southern michigan. any ideas ?

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        1. re: foodwich


          ...You might want to post a separate thread for this question. That would be more likely to catch the attention of Michigan Hounds....

          Be sure to mention Michigan in the heading of your post.

          Hope you find one you like.

        2. I've had a good one at Barbette.

          1. I've had a good DOZEN or so at Barbette......yummmmmmmm.......it's perfect with a glass of red wine - which Barbette has plenty to offer.

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            1. re: Abacus

              well....I could have had a dozen too but have to watch my sugar..:)

            2. Saw it on the menu at Signature Cafe. I haven't had that particular dessert, but all of the others I've had there have been exceptional.

              1. My wife has enjoyed molten lava cake at both Zeno and Wilde Roast. The one at Wilde Roast has some cayanne in it or something that gives it some heat.

                1. I went to Barbette this weekend for the cake. It was terrific! Much different than the cakes at W.A. Frost and Campiello.

                  It was a small bundtlet with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The chocolate oozed out from the middle of the cake.

                  My fiance got the carrot cake which was also very tasty.

                  We both ordered their soup of the day as our entrees. We had a mixed reaction. It was a potato puree with mussels, escargo, croutons, and parsley. It had a green swirl in the soup that looked like pesto but may have been parsley. The soup was good, but we both thought it was incredibly undersalted. Neither of us are salt-maniacs, but this tasted like there was no salt at all in the soup. My guess is that the potatoes took away the effect of any salt which had been in there. We had to add a lot of salt to make it taste good. Once the salt was added, it was quite tasty.