Belgique Patisserie, Kent, CT
C-Hounders, I am shocked to find nothing on this board about this gem (if I missed it in my search, my apologies).
If you love chocolate (and who doesn't?!), you need to go here immediately. For the men on the board, this would be an excellent place to get sweets for your sweetie since a certain commercial holiday is upon us. Took a drive through the lovely Litchfield Hills out here and was not disappointed at all. First, you must order the hot chocolate--hands down, best one I've ever had. Its rich and velvety with a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream atop. Next--the chocolate. They have quite the array of chocolates you can buy by the piece (or pound) but be prepared--it is expensive. They also have croissants, mousse, belgian fruit candies and other delectable delights. My husband and I were like kids in a candy store :) If the drive is daunting, make a day trip out of it by stopping at Kent Falls--beautiful even this time of the year.
B has gotten some mention, but certainly not what it deserves. Not just SNE, Belgique is one of America's best french pastry and chocolate shops. Their Ganasche are unforgettable. As jquest says, the hot chocolate is incredible, even better than
Sono's Chocolpogie. Great desitnation forr upcoming Valentine's Day (Sunday), plus a drive through romantic countryside.
Always call ahead to make sure they are open, usually just Thur-Sun.
I have been hooked on Jacques Torres Hot Chocolate for quite some time now. Can any of you compare Belgique's to his? I went to Belgique a couple of years ago, but it was in the summertime, so I never tried their HC. More info here:
Also, have any of you ever been to Belgique's dinners? I understand they were once open as a restaurant, but now just serve the occasional wine dinner. Any info?