2011 - It's chilly. It's the holidays. It's hot chocolate time.
I beautifully kicked off the season with the best Mexican hot chocolate I've ever had at C Casa in Napa.
First is was much better than real hot chocolate., The whipped cream was amazing, thick and ivory colored. The chocolate was nicely spiced, not too little not too much.
644 1st St, Napa, CA 94559
I really enjoy the maya hot chocolate at Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto. Bonus points for their ability to make it dairy free using soy milk. I'm not sure how venezuelan hot chocolate differs from mexican - perhaps the spice blend? I also love the cachapa pancake there.
538 Ramona St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
A new SF strong contender is Ma'velous on Market near Civic Center. I wanted to like Coffee Bar on Montgomery in the FiDi, but too much globby unmelted chocolate at the bottom turned me off. Cafe Madeleine remains my favorite morning hot chocolate -- it's not so thick that it results in a daylong chocolate stupor like some of the European style drinks (Boulette's Larder, for instance).
149 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105