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dct May 9, 2010 01:07 PM

Hello,

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.)

  1. AnneInMpls May 9, 2010 04:50 PM

    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!
    Anne

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    Surdyk's Gourmet Cheese Shop & Deli
    303 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Local D'lish
    208 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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      churchka May 9, 2010 04:50 PM

      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.

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        faith May 9, 2010 07:35 PM

        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?

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          getgot211 May 9, 2010 07:44 PM

          the Bramblewood shortbread cookies are worth grabbing too.

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            soupkitten May 9, 2010 08:13 PM

            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.

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              AnneInMpls May 9, 2010 09:10 PM

              Very good tip about BT's liqueur-filled truffles, soupkitten! I missed these delights for YEARS because I never thought to look for chocolate in the liquor store. The lemon vodka truffles are my favorites.

              Anne

        2. Davydd May 10, 2010 07:51 AM

          There is Truffle Hill out near Excelsior (Lake Minnetonka).

          http://www.trufflehillchocolates.com/...

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            rockyd May 10, 2010 08:23 AM

            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.

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            Lucia's Restaurant
            1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

            Barbette
            1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

            Kitchen Window
            3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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              dct May 10, 2010 01:16 PM

              Thanks so much for the suggestions and directions. I appreciate the bus help, especially, cause the less I spend on cabs, the more I can spend on goodies and meals :)

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                dougrw May 11, 2010 10:39 AM

                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.

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                Chocolat Celeste
                2506 University Ave, W St Paul, MN

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                  faith May 11, 2010 11:12 AM

                  unfortunately, Chocolat Celeste just closed their shop. They have a facebook page you can read.

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                  Chocolat Celeste
                  2506 University Ave, W St Paul, MN

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                    MSPD May 11, 2010 11:16 AM

                    Chocolat Celeste closed at the end of April and will be relocating in the Fall.

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                    Chocolat Celeste
                    2506 University Ave, W St Paul, MN

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                      Brad Ballinger May 11, 2010 01:50 PM

                      More on the closing and reopening... The store just never got the foot traffic, walk-in business to warrant having a retail shop at the University/280 location. Mary has yet to find a location for a Fall reopening, but is working on it. I loaded up before she shuttered.

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                      dct May 23, 2010 01:05 PM

                      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.

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