Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: Wicker Park
Address: 1747 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Phone Number: (773) 489-1747
Price Range: $10-20
Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5
What We Tried: Pumpkin Hot Chocolate, Brioche French Toast, Veggie Scramble
Our Take: Last Saturday was the Perfect Saturday. Coffee at Little Goat, followed by a stroll through the Meatpacking District location of the Green City Market, brunch at Hot Chocolate, all followed by donuts at Stan’s (because why not). To top it off, it was a gorgeous autumn day, and there was zero wait at brunch (probably because it was 10 am so technically breakfast).
First of all, it should be noted that any place that labels itself as a “dessert bar” will have fantastic brunch. That’s something that you should probably just trust me on.
We sat next to a lovely couple from Kansas City and commiserated over the nearly impossible decision of what to order. The husband (not mine) and I both had heard that the Buttermilk Pancake is out of this world (one cake, with butters and toppings that change seasonally), but the Brioche French Toast also sounded heavenly. The couple on the other side of us (I’m really okay) ordered both and ultimately solidified my decision to go with the French Toast. This was a very good decision. It was delicious. Plus, it was the perfect size, meaning that I didn’t have to roll myself out of the restaurant and could, in fact, walk home.
Carolyn got the Veggie Scramble (my third choice) and was gracious enough to let me try a bite. The caramelized leeks, mushrooms, and gruyere created a flavor profile from the heavens. Sharp and flavorful yet still so smooth. I’m not really sure if any of that made sense, but it was great. The homemade jam for the challah has to be ordered separately, but is definitely worth it.
We couldn’t dine at Hot Chocolate without trying a cup ourselves, so Carolyn ordered the Pumpkin Hot Chocolate. She said that, while it was delicious, it was definitely pretty rich, and most people probably wouldn’t be able to finish a whole mug. The homemade marshmallow was great, though!
Overall, our first time at Hot Chocolate was great, and I’ll definitely be back to try the pancake. And the warm donuts. And the pastries. And probably for dessert sometime too. And then maybe I’ll eat a salad.