Fodor's Expert Review Chocolate Maven

$ South Side Café

Although the name of this cheery bakery suggests sweets, and it does sweets especially well, Chocolate Maven produces impressive savory breakfast and lunch fare. Meals are "farmers' market–inspired" and feature seasonal dishes, including wild-mushroom-and-goat-cheese focaccia sandwiches, eggs ménage à trois (one each of eggs Benedict, Florentine, and Madison—the latter consisting of smoked salmon and poached egg), and Caprese salad of fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes. Pizzas are thin-crusted and delicate. Some of the top desserts include Belgian chocolate fudge brownies, mocha-buttercream torte with chocolate-covered strawberries, and French lemon-raspberry cake. Don't let the industrial building put you off; the interior is light, bright, and cozy. Try the Mayan Mocha, espresso mixed with steamed milk and a delicious combo of chocolate, cinnamon, and red chiles.

Café Casual Breakfast Lunch Dessert Brunch $

Quick Facts

821 W. San Mateo St.
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87505, USA

505-984–1980

www.chocolatemaven.com

Known For:
  • Breakfast burritos
  • Roman-style thin-crust pizzas
  • Local, seasonal ingredients
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No dinner

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