DC: ACKC Cocoa Bar and Veranda Restaurant

I’m starting off with dessert because it was far more exciting than dinner, which is completely fine by me. My friend Rachel took us to ACKC, a chocolate and wine bar near Logan Circle. Their specialty is hot chocolate, which comes in more than a dozen varieties, which, like the truffles, are all named after iconic actresses, divas to be precise. The Lucy is semi-sweet chocolate infused with chipotle and topped with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon. The Judy Garland is milk chocolate with a shot of hazelnut, covered in whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. There is also a wide selection of individual chocolates and chocolate bars also named after actresses.

Sarah and I decided to split the Audrey Hepburn, described as extremely dark hot chocolate served European style in a 4 oz. espresso cup. We neglected to pay attention to the size listed on the menu and were not expecting such a miniature cup of hot chocolate. It was extremely dark and rich, which is why it is served in this size, but I would have loved a level of richness somewhere in between this and the others, which were much thinner and lighter.

Sarah and I also split a warm chocolate cake with ice cream. It was fine, but nothing stellar. When going to ACKC, definitely stick to the hot chocolate drinks and the chocolates. Apart from the food, the atmosphere at ACKC is fabulous.  The staff are quirky and friendly. It’s the perfect place to grab a table and spend an evening with friends.

ACKC
1529 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C.
ACKC on Urbanspoon

Backing up a little bit, following tacos and cupcakes, my friends Sarah and Rachel and I headed to Veranda, a Mediterranean restaurant in Logan Circle. It was the only restaurant in an otherwise residential neighborhood which it made it feel a tad out of place.  We shared an assortment of appetizers and small plates that included beets with goat cheese, pistachios, and frisee with truffled white balsamic-honey vinaigrette; the triple dip of tarama, tzatziki, and humus; saganaki flambéed Greek kefalograviera cheese; and the chopped salad with vanilla poached Bosc pear, daikon, spiced pecans, field greens and pear vinaigrette.

The salad was fine. The tzatziki was excellent and I could have eaten another whole serving of it spread on nicely crisp pita chips. The saganaki was chewy, salty, and lightly brown on the outside. Our server flambeed it tableside, but sadly it was over before I could get a good photograph. The meal was fine and ended up being almost absurdly inexpensive thanks to a Scoutmob deal. It was a fun experience, but probably not worth a return trip.

Veranda
1100 P Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Veranda on Urbanspoon

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10 Responses to DC: ACKC Cocoa Bar and Veranda Restaurant

  1. I would have probably loved the Lucy!

  2. Megan says:

    The Audrey Hepburn sounds amazing to me!

  3. Erica says:

    I love when restaurants give their dishes fun names! I just learned of the joys of chocolate with a little heat- so good!

  4. Molly Galler says:

    You had me at the word cocoa in the name of the place! That hot chocolate sounds delish! Love reading about your DC adventures!

  5. Daisy says:

    I would have gone for the Judy Garland – rainbow sprinkles to the rescue!

  6. Yet another reason to be semi obsessed with DC! This place looks excellent.

  7. Yummmm the hot chocolate sounds divine! I have been having a hot chocolate to pick me up on these gray afternoons 🙂

  8. Emily says:

    wow that hot chocolate sounds amazing!! This place looks so cool 🙂

  9. shannon says:

    a chocolate and wine bar? why isn’t there one of those in boston?

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