Location – 1747 N. Damen (Willow and Damen)
In one word – Indulgent
Food – I do love Hot Chocolate. I would rank this place as having the best desserts in Chicago. They rotate their desserts, but if you find any of the banana desserts, get them. Usually they will caramelize the bananas with some sort of fattening cream concoction, it’s irrestible. The milkshakes are also worth it. I have never gone to Hot Chocolate for brunch, but it does get great reviews so I plan on going sometime soon.
Drink – They have a full service bar and an extensive wine list. In my next life, I’ll be a sommelier wannabe and be able to advise you on what to order. However, in the meantime, ask your server for a reco.
Service – With the exception that they’ll tell you that the wait is an hour and a half as if that’s normal, I like the staff here (make a reservation). They have personality and are helpful.
Occasion – This place is ideal for a “girls’ night out” (can I say that I hate that phrase?) or a 1st or 2nd date.
Cost – Depending on how deep you dig, you could spend $20 – 50 dollars. I try to stay on the low end of the spectrum because I like to come here just for dessert.
If you like, try… – Bongo Room, Chocolate Bar at the Peninsula