Mindy Segal was initially known for her stints as pastry chef at MK, MK North, Marché, Charlie Trotters, and Spago, but at her restaurant Hot Chocolate she offers a small, perpetually rotating dinner menu of locally grown and seasonally inspired creationsroast Gunthorp Farms chicken, roasted rack of lamb with Green Acres sorrel butter. Of course, Segals credentials guarantee an impressive dessert list, with confections such as a warm chocolate souffle tart served with house-made chocolate-caramel ice cream and pretzels. At brunch theres brioche French toast and an egg sandwich made with fresh ricotta. Theres hot chocolate as well, offered in a half-dozen varieties including black and tans (two-thirds hot chocolate, one-third hot fudge) and half and halfs (half espresso, half dark hot chocolate). Segal swears she wasnt thinking of cocoa when she named the place, but the decor is pure Hersheys—even the occasional white accents in the warm brown room evoke lush marshmallows (and here they're house-made) floating in a mug.
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