Chocolatiers in Minneapolis
I'll be in Minneapolis this week and would like to take home some fine chocolates for a gift. I've seen mention of Rogue Chocolates and B.T. McElrath. Does either have a storefront? If not, can you point me where I could buy them in the downtown area? I'm open to other suggestions as well, please! I will be at the Marriott and won't have a car.
I'm looking for both high-end filled chocolates, esp with different flavors, and high percentage dark chocolate bars. For comparison, I'm found of La Maison du Chocolat, Richart, and Soma (Toronto.)
You can find both BT McElrath and Rogue chocolates at Surdyk's Liquors (in the attached cheese shop/deli). BT McElrath makes truffles, toffee, and flavored bars. Rogue makes only bars from amazing "single cru" cacao beans. Even though you say you're looking for filled chocolates, don't skip the bars - they're fabulous.
Surdyk's is just across the river from downtown Mpls. You can hop a bus - or walk, if you're up for a 1-2 mile stroll on a nice day.
Another place to check out is Local D'Lish, a gourmet-food shop just north of downtown in the warehouse district. I don't think they carry BT McElrath's chocolates, but I think I've seen Rogue bars there. And they have other Midwest-made chocolates; the ones I've sampled are OK but not as good as the first two - but you should try 'em and decide for yourself.
Enjoy your stay!
Surdyk's Gourmet Cheese Shop & Deli
303 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414
208 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
I'm not sure about downtown, but Surdyk's in NE has both of them in their cheese shop.
You can take the 10 bus from the Nicollet Mall to Surdyk's. When you get on, tell the driver "downtown zone" and you can pay just 50 cents. You get off immediately after you cross the bridge over the Mississippi at Central and University. From there, you walk one block West on University to Surdyk's. You can catch the bus back at the same place. Or you can get a cab.
Of course, don't try to take the bus back from the exact same spot, make sure you are waiting on the opposite side of the street near a marked bus stop.......enjoy, and bring lots of cash to buy everything in sight at Surdyk's which is full of temptations, including a whole bunch of fancy chocolate I don't see elsewhere, but also lots and lots of great cheeses you can sample, usually some great olive oil and vinegar out for sampling, lots of interesting deli stuff, baked goods including the excellent Rustica items........need I go on?
note that bt mcelrath "normal" chocolates are available in the cheese shop/deli at surdyk's. . . and that another line of liqueur truffles are sold in the checkout lanes of the liquor store proper-- this is because the alcohol content of the truffles is high enough that they can't be sold in normal grocery stores and gift shops in msp, and must be sold in a liquor store :)
bt mcelrath truffle 5 paks and chocolate bars are also sold at area grocery stores like lund's and the co-ops. i've also seen the chocolate bars at independent coffee shops. not bux, caribou, or dunn bros, in other words.
Kitchen Window in Uptown (Lake --30th Street and Hennepin) sells Rogue. A 17 bus from Nicollet Mall will get you there or the 6 or 12 on Hennepin (southbound).
I would call ahead as Rogue produces pretty small batches and a place can run out.
While in Uptown, dine at Lucia's (or at least stop in the wine bar) or Barbette for a lovely meal.
Enjoy your stay.
1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
This is probably inconvenient, considering your lack of a car, but if you could make it over to Saint Paul, there is a very nice chocolatier on University Ave, about half way between the two downtowns: Chocolat Celeste.
2506 University Ave, W St Paul, MN
Thanks for the suggestions. I eneded up going to Surdyk's. It was a nice day and only about a 20 minute walk from my hotel, though it was great to have bus info as well. I found both McElrath and Rogue there along with some other fun (non-local choices). It was worth the trip up there for all the other stuff I wished I could buy and take home with me. So far the word from the choc recipients is an enthusiastic thumbs-up on both houses.