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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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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: cookiegirl

        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. 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.

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

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        1. re: ballston01

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

        2. Churreira Madrid in Adams Morgan.

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          1. re: Steve

            Is this a new spot? Never heard of it.

            1. re: Elyssa

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

              1. re: Steve

                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.

                1. re: mselectra

                  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.

                  1. re: Steve

                    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!

                2. re: Steve

                  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.

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

              1. 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.

                1. Mishas in Old Town is pretty good.

                  1. 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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                    1. re: palynew

                      And Stone Mill in Greenspring Station, with Valrhona.