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Frijol Apr 9, 2007 11:44 PM

Where can I find great hot chocolate in the city?

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    alext RE: Frijol Apr 10, 2007 01:39 AM

    Bittersweet on Fillmore in Pacific Heights makes a nice cup, whether you like it strong (made only with water), spicy, or with milk as usual.

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      butter RE: alext Apr 10, 2007 11:54 PM

      I love the Chai Hot Chocolate at Bittersweet-- the spices are subtle, but really complement the chocolate. It's also nice and creamy without being overly sweet.

      Grab a cup to go and bring it over to drink with cookies or pastries at La Boulange just down the street.

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      david kaplan RE: Frijol Apr 10, 2007 09:04 AM

      Lots of opinions if you search the board.

      Try Cocoa Bella for a rich version that comes in various flavors (spicy, fruity, etc.). Take-out only. Westfield Emporium at 5th & Market, and also Union Street.

      For sit-down service, Modern Tea in Hayes Valley has a comparable thick brew, served with thick whipped cream in a bright, relaxed cafe setting.

      Cafe Madeleine, with several downtown locations, makes a version that is less thick and rich and more appropriate for a regular morning drink.

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        Lil_Miss_Foodie_SF RE: Frijol Apr 10, 2007 09:11 AM

        Boulette's Larder at the Ferry Building makes the best I have ever had. Delicious!

        1. Frosty Melon RE: Frijol Apr 10, 2007 09:59 AM

          Blue Bottle in Hayes Valley makes a great hot chocolate.

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            david kaplan RE: Frosty Melon Apr 10, 2007 11:33 AM

            Blue Bottle has changed their chocolate several times. Originally they used Sur del Lago, which matched coffee nicely but was hard to source (apparently). They switched to Ghiradelli powder, which was, frankly, gross. Last I knew, the Ferry Building BB kiosks still use the powder. The Linden St kiosk has switched to Valrhona chocolate, but the hot chocolate is nowhere near as rich or thick as that at Cocoa Bella or Modern Tea. Blue Bottle is now working with Bittersweet to develop a custom chocolate blend, which is a cute symmetry since Blue Bottle also providers Bittersweet a custom coffee blend.

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            jar729 RE: Frijol Apr 10, 2007 10:36 AM

            Godiva serves a good rich hot chocolate.

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              rworange RE: jar729 Apr 10, 2007 11:01 AM

              I've read that Moonstruck Chocolates serves good hot chocolate. Anyone tried them on Chestnut Street?

            2. Atomica RE: Frijol Apr 10, 2007 01:57 PM

              Bi-Rite Creamery makes a Schokinag hot chocolate of the day. At least they were--don't know if they're continuing this into warmer weather . . . I sampled a chipotle one not long ago there that was very good.

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                sfgrub RE: Frijol Apr 11, 2007 02:15 AM

                I haven't had it in a long time but the hot chocolate at Townhall Restaurant was incredible. There was a great depth of flavor. They use like seven different chocolates.

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                  vinoveritas RE: Frijol Apr 19, 2007 09:33 PM

                  Town hall

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                    kewlio RE: Frijol Apr 19, 2007 11:00 PM

                    check out tartine barkery

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