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pradarose Dec 5, 2007 11:37 AM

With the snow outside, I just wanted to see if anyone has any recommendations on where to find a good cup of hot chocolate? I recently tried the Mexican Hot Chocolate from the Nordstrom cafe, and it was average, not too sweet with a little spice in it. Thanks!

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    botnot RE: pradarose Dec 5, 2007 11:41 AM

    If you are looking for something in the Union Station area, Godiva in Union Station makes a sinful hot chocolate. Also, according to Tom from WaPo, Tacqueria Nacionale (sp?) behind Johnny's Half Shell makes a really good Mexican Hot Chocolate. I'm so going to get one tomorrow.

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      cookiegirl RE: pradarose Dec 5, 2007 01:35 PM

      The hot chocolate at Murky Coffee is supposed to be phenomenal. There are locations in Eastern Market (right off the Metro stop, I believe) and Arlington (a couple blocks from the Clarendon stop).

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        Mr_Restaurant RE: cookiegirl Jan 4, 2008 01:13 PM

        I can recommend this. I am lactose intolerant, but I gladly imbibe this treat and deal with the anguish later. It's worth it!

      2. ballston01 RE: pradarose Dec 5, 2007 01:38 PM

        Les Halles offers a very fancy "chocolate chaud" made from Valrhona chocolate, egg yolks, cream, sugar, and butter. It's served in a silver pot with "mini-brownies" on the side, and costs $5.75.

        Les Halles
        1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW # 100, Washington, DC

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          Mr_Restaurant RE: ballston01 Jan 4, 2008 01:15 PM

          Le Halles has the best. I am lactose intolerant and I willingly pay the price for their hot chocolate.

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          Steve RE: pradarose Dec 6, 2007 04:37 PM

          Churreira Madrid in Adams Morgan.

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            Elyssa RE: Steve Dec 6, 2007 06:07 PM

            Is this a new spot? Never heard of it.

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              Steve RE: Elyssa Dec 7, 2007 07:07 AM

              No, it's been there forever. Off Colombia Rd, next to a Ben and Jerry's?

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                mselectra RE: Steve Dec 7, 2007 07:13 AM

                Steve -- could you give more info? I don't think there's a Ben and Jerry's anywhere near there. I can't picture the place you're talking about... and definitely trust your recommendation, so would like to know.

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                  Steve RE: mselectra Dec 7, 2007 10:19 AM

                  here is the address:

                  Churreria Madrid
                  2505 Champlain St Nw
                  Washington, DC 20009
                  (202) 483-4441

                  I guess there used to be a Ben and Jerry's next door, maybe now it's a bicycle shop? It's on a small side street off Columbia Rd., across from the Safeway. As the name of the restaurant implies, they specialize in Churros and hot chocolate.

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                    mselectra RE: Steve Dec 11, 2007 12:18 PM

                    After I wrote I realized that I've actually eaten at Churreria Madrid (and like it) -- it was kind of driving me crazy because I couldn't place it when I read your post, don't know what's the matter with me. It even has a big sign that says it's been there since 1975. It's next to City Bikes.

                    All that said -- I did go last weekend for hot chocolate and churros. The chocolate was like drinking pudding, tasted good, but I couldn't finish it, actually. The churros (which I HAD had before) are wonderful, as you might expect at a churreria. Definitely a good winter treat.

                    Thanks for the reminder about this place!

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                  Elyssa RE: Steve Dec 7, 2007 10:18 AM

                  There's no Ben and Jerry's in Adams Morgan. There use to be one (off of 18th) but now it's a flower shop. I can't remember anyplace called Churreira Madrid though. Is it a take out spot, sit down etc? I use to live in the area, that's why I was wondering about this place because I've never heard of it but would be interested in checking it out.

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              sweetpotater RE: pradarose Dec 7, 2007 04:59 AM

              Nothing fancy, but in a pinch I was impressed by the cocoa at Caribou Coffee on 17th and L in DC. Kicks Starbucks' butt.

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                Hungry Panda RE: pradarose Dec 7, 2007 10:12 AM

                Cocoa Gallery at 1529 14st Street NW just opened last night. It's a chocolate shop, cafe, and patisserie. They serve at least 6 different kinds--peppermint hot chocolate, hot chocolate with some kind of berry flavor, etc. While I haven't tried the hot chocolate yet, I can say that their chocolate truffles and chocolate fondue are fantastic.

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                  nvagirl RE: pradarose Dec 8, 2007 06:56 AM

                  Mishas in Old Town is pretty good.

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                    palynew RE: pradarose Dec 28, 2007 12:49 PM

                    In Baltimore Pitango Gelato has the absolute best hot chocolate!!! They offer two flavors, hazelnut and dark chocolate AND they make fresh whipped cream! Pure pleasure for your taste buds.

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                      chowsearch RE: palynew Dec 28, 2007 01:06 PM

                      And Stone Mill in Greenspring Station, with Valrhona.

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