I was just trolling for some info on La Traviata, and came across a dinner "blow-out" post (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/353241 ) wherein a notable Hound states, "I won’t rest until I find something closer to chocolate nirvana in the Lone Star state. If it kills me, then at least I will die in pursuit of a good cause." This audacious declaration was made in response to a failed attempt by the Driskill Grill at creating a memorable chocolate dessert, and subsequently referenced two recognized gourmet chocolatiers.
I recently visited one of the places referred to prior to the to the grand, and potentially fruitless, pronouncement when visiting Brooklyn; the place was Jacques Torres (http://www.mrchocolate.com ).
I'm not really-ahem-wasn't really a chocolate devotée until I consumed what I consider to be one of the finest examples in the nation and quite possibly beyond. I'm still getting my taste buds trained to the intricacies of chocolate (esp. the artist/artisan variety), aided in no small part by the fact that I still have some of the Torres booty left over from my trip. In an effort to stretch out my hoard for as long as possible, I've been trying to find something in the Austin area that even approaches what I found in DUMBO. Having virtually no luck independently in my search (and I was relieved to find that one of the most discerning Hounds was in similar straits), I'd love to hear some suggestions.
Where is the best chocolate in Austin?
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