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D.C's Most Decadent Desserts for Chocoholics

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Many people swear that chocolate is the only way to do dessert right. It's hard to decide in favor of fruit, caramel, pastries, or pie when decadent chocolate is an option. And in the case, the more the better.

One of chocolate's many advantages is that it comes in so many flavors, from sweet to creamy to bitter. It's also versatile in texture. Chocolate can be ice cream, airy mousse or the base of many a cake or pastry. Chocolate fits all moods and styles, whether it's a kid-friendly sundae or the creation of a seasoned pastry chef.

The desserts on this list live at newly Michelin-starred kitchens and bustling French bistros. Find chocolate-intense desserts everywhere from Navy Yard dessert favorite Osteria Morini to chocolate temple Co Co. Sala. But they all have one thing in common: chocolate is king.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 216-9550
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Over at Bibiana, the cioccolato dessert contains layers of bitter chocolate cream, dark chocolate terrine, and salted caramel. Wash it down with a pairing of Meletti chocolate amaro.

2. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 419-6755
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The newly Michelin-starred dining room at Blue Duck Tavern offers a chocolate Napoleon, which is a puff pastry, whipped ganache, and caramel cremeux.
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3. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 626-0015
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The masterful pastries at this modern French bistro include the late chef Michel Richard's "chocolate bar," which can be interpreted as somewhat of a gourmet Kit Kat bar. It has plenty of textures like whipped, crunchy, and smooth and is all kinds of chocolate.

4. Kinship

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1015 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-7700
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Look under the "History" section of the menu at this one Michelin-starred restaurant for a German chocolate cake topped with pecan cream, poached cherries, and toasted coconut ice cream.

5. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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The still-trendy Le Diplomate offers a taste of Paris life in D.C. Look to the milk chocolate pot de creme as a sweet way to finish off a French feast.

6. Lupo Verde

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1401 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 827-4726
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Chocolate is the focus of the coppa del nonna, and Italian coffee dessert with coffee and cocoa semifreddo, Nutella, and caramelized nuts.

7. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-6732
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The brownie sundae at Cedric Maupillier's Mintwood Place is gooey, chocolatey goodness that brings back childhood memories.

8. Co Co. Sala

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929 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-4265
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At this restaurant almost completely dedicated to chocolate, try the Chocolate Onyx, which features dark chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brulee, salted caramel, crispy chocolate pearls, a chocolate brownie, dark chocolate sorbet, and a cinnamon toffee bon bon.

9. InterContinental The Willard Washington D.c.

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 628-9100
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For the fall/winter menu at the hotel, order a trio of chocolate goodness all on one plate: chocolate marshmallow ice cream, a dark chocolate shooter, and chocolate almond pave. The chocolate trip is appropriately dubbed The Willard Chocolate Indulgence.
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10. The Partisan

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709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
The Partisan revels in its meats, but all bets are off with dessert. Take for example the chocolate cake doughnut holes. They're served with chocolate pudding and chocolate crunch pearls for dipping.

11. Plume

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1200 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 448-2300
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The newly-starred Michelin restaurant has a $16 Everything Chocolate dessert. The decadent ingredients include ocoa 70% crunch bar, gianduja noir chantilly flexi-milk ganache, chocolate soil, and cocoa nib ice cream.
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1. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Over at Bibiana, the cioccolato dessert contains layers of bitter chocolate cream, dark chocolate terrine, and salted caramel. Wash it down with a pairing of Meletti chocolate amaro.
1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

2. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
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The newly Michelin-starred dining room at Blue Duck Tavern offers a chocolate Napoleon, which is a puff pastry, whipped ganache, and caramel cremeux.
1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

3. Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
The masterful pastries at this modern French bistro include the late chef Michel Richard's "chocolate bar," which can be interpreted as somewhat of a gourmet Kit Kat bar. It has plenty of textures like whipped, crunchy, and smooth and is all kinds of chocolate.
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

4. Kinship

1015 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Look under the "History" section of the menu at this one Michelin-starred restaurant for a German chocolate cake topped with pecan cream, poached cherries, and toasted coconut ice cream.
1015 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The still-trendy Le Diplomate offers a taste of Paris life in D.C. Look to the milk chocolate pot de creme as a sweet way to finish off a French feast.
1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

6. Lupo Verde

1401 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Chocolate is the focus of the coppa del nonna, and Italian coffee dessert with coffee and cocoa semifreddo, Nutella, and caramelized nuts.
1401 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The brownie sundae at Cedric Maupillier's Mintwood Place is gooey, chocolatey goodness that brings back childhood memories.
1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

8. Co Co. Sala

929 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
At this restaurant almost completely dedicated to chocolate, try the Chocolate Onyx, which features dark chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brulee, salted caramel, crispy chocolate pearls, a chocolate brownie, dark chocolate sorbet, and a cinnamon toffee bon bon.
929 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

9. InterContinental The Willard Washington D.c.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington, D.C. 20004
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For the fall/winter menu at the hotel, order a trio of chocolate goodness all on one plate: chocolate marshmallow ice cream, a dark chocolate shooter, and chocolate almond pave. The chocolate trip is appropriately dubbed The Willard Chocolate Indulgence.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave Nw
Washington, D.C. 20004

10. The Partisan

709 D St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
The Partisan revels in its meats, but all bets are off with dessert. Take for example the chocolate cake doughnut holes. They're served with chocolate pudding and chocolate crunch pearls for dipping.
709 D St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

11. Plume

1200 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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The newly-starred Michelin restaurant has a $16 Everything Chocolate dessert. The decadent ingredients include ocoa 70% crunch bar, gianduja noir chantilly flexi-milk ganache, chocolate soil, and cocoa nib ice cream.
1200 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

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