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Apr 15, 2009 06:47 AM

looking for a great local chocolatier that has a cafe serving fabulous mochas??

I guess the title says it all. On the East coast we have Burdick's in Cambridge. Wonderful hand crafted chocolates, AND they have a cafe that serves fabulous hot chocolate and mochas, as well as homemade pastries. ANYTHING IN THE SAN FRANCISCO AREA ??? Hope so...

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  1. XOX serves coffee drinks. It's tiny tiny tiny, no pastries. You can sit at a sidewalk table though, they have a few 2-tops. I can't vouch for the quality of the mocha, but I've had their cap and it was fine. Many people would argue that they make the best chocolate truffles in the area. He makes traditional, rustic French style truffles.

    I would recommend buying the chocolates at XOX and then walking up Columbus to one of the cafes in North Beach about 5 blocks away like Roma, Grecco, or Trieste. Those cafes don't make chocolates, but probably have the coffee drinks and ambience you are looking for.

    XOX Truffles
    754 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Caffe Trieste
    609 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Caffe Greco
    423 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Caffe Roma
    526 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. There's nothing quite like Burdick's (which I miss from my Cambridge years) in San Francisco. Cocoa Bella, Christopher Elbow, and Bittersweet are all high-end chocolate-centric shops that make a selection of serious hot chocolates and mochas. Cocoa Bella wins on hot chocolate for me, though Cocoa Bella has no seating and no food (aside from chocolates) in either of their two locations. Christopher Elbow has seating, but limited hours and, again, no food other than chocolates. Bittersweet may be the closest: they have pastries and very good hot chocolates and mocha, with some seating. The food at Bittersweet is more rustic and chocolate-centered than at Burdick's: I like Bittersweet's chocolate caramel sandwich cookie. Bittersweet doesn't have the lovingly hand-crafted feel that Burdick's does, but it's worth seeing the comparison for yourself.

      The conversation of Burdick's makes me remember the faux-oreo cookie a few steps down at Hi-Rise on Brattle. Now that's something San Francisco needs!

      Bittersweet Cafe
      2123 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

      Christopher Elbow
      401 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA

      Cocoabella Chocolates
      2102 Union St, San Francisco, CA

      Cocoabella Chocolates
      845 Market St # 161, San Francisco, CA

      Bittersweet Cafe
      5427 College Ave, Oakland, CA

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      1. re: david kaplan

        Thanks for all your help..I actually was just at High Rise and had your "faux" oreo cookie!!! We live in CT but travel anywhere that has wonderful fun interesting food, and things to do.