Monday, February 22, 2010

The Chocolate Bar sweetens up Castleberry Hill

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 5:31 PM

click to enlarge MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH: A selection of bon bons from the Chocolate Bar
  • MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH: A selection of bon bons from the Chocolate Bar

FOOD GROUP: Chocolate-covered café

MEAL PLAN: After purchasing the Chocolate Bar from original owner Karen Britain, and losing Seeger's alums Aaron Russell and Nick Rutherford shortly thereafter, Joyner Enterprises stripped down the menu (no more oysters with Bloody Mary granita or blackberries and ginger ice cream) and opened a new spot in Castleberry Hill.

EYE CANDY: Chocolate Bar's Castleberry digs already feel like they've seen better days. The modest room, swathed floor to ceiling in varying shades of browns and blacks, suffers from an all-too-literal interpretation of the restaurant's theme (and hardly looks good enough to eat). A display case, seemingly as fragile as soufflé, houses the sweet treats – the case's door slid off its track and crashed into the cooler on one visit (for the second time that day, according to the server). Wall-mounted flat-screen TVs flicker silently with world news, making it feel more manly than romantic.

MR. GOOD BAR: The space boasts two facing bars – one for chocolate, the other for booze. Luxuriously rich homemade chocolate syrup makes for a velvety hot chocolate ($4). A few sips in, though, and your gums may start to hum with sugar shock. The same syrup is used in the bar's signature cocktail, the Chocolate Bar, a martini mixed with Bailey's Irish Cream and vodka ($10).

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