10 spots- for chocolate


Indie Candy

Indie Candy

Though it produces goodies free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts and soy, that doesn’t mean this Crestline Village confectionery lacks flavor. Its dark chocolates and truffles are seriously delicious and made with love. 73 Church St., Mountain Brook; 205-835-0094;

Mix

If you’re serving your sweetheart breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day, don’t risk making it yourself. Instead, trust this downtown bakery, whose chocolate croissants are sweet, rich and baked fresh every day.

1820 4th Ave. N; 205-323-4110

Urban Standard

Next time you’re in for a cup of coffee or sandwich, take a long look in the pastry case at this downtown favorite. Its cupcakes — especially the dense fudge cups — are some of the best in town. Plus the spot makes its own chocolate syrup for mochas.

2320 2nd Ave. N; 205-250-8200;

Café Dupont

It’s only proper that one of the city’s most romantic restaurants offers plenty of indulgent chocolate desserts. The menu rotates seasonally, but the Valentine’s Day list includes profiteroles with dark-chocolate ganache and peanut butter ice cream.

113 20th St. N; 205-322-1282;


Dyron’s Lowcountry

The best dessert on the menu at this elegant Southern spot is the white-chocolate bread pudding. But if you’re a purist, get the brownie, which comes topped with even more chocolate plus ice cream. And if you come for brunch, you can even order biscuits and chocolate gravy!

121 Oak St., Mountain Brook;

205-834-8257;

Dreamcakes

A chocolate cupcake filled and frosted with chocolate ganache, decorated with a chocolate drizzle and topped with a chocolate malt ball: They aren’t kidding when they call it Chocolate High. And that’s just one of the several chocolate flavors available.

960 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood;

205-871-9377;

Pinches Tacos

There is one dessert on the menu at this Homewood taqueria, but it’s not why it made the list. The excellent chicken mole — cooked in a savory, chocolate-heavy sauce— is. The traditional version made here comes from an old family recipe.

300 Hallman Hill E., Ste. 109;

205-536-6511;

Hot and Hot Fish Club

We’re not sure who Elton is, but Elton’s chocolate soufflé is the best way to end a meal at Chris Hastings’ flagship restaurant. It’s a traditional French preparation, light and puffy and filled tableside with rich crème anglaise.

2180 11th Ct. S; 205-933-5474;

Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Don’t fill up on Birmingham’s best barbecue chicken next time you’re at this Cahaba Heights stalwart; you want to leave room for one of its delicious pies. You can get both chocolate chess and chocolate cream, and if you’re throwing a party, you can special-order a large one that serves up to 35 people.

3278 Cahaba Heights Rd.; 205-967-6004;

Chez Fon Fon

Frank Stitt’s French bistro is justifiably famous for its coconut cake, but if you’re a chocoholic, order the pot de crème instead. With a texture somewhere between brownie and mousse, it’s a comforting dish any time of year.

2007 11th Ave. S; 205-939-3221;

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