Mindy Segal is well known to Chicago dessert lovers for her increbile desserts at well known MK. She's recently opened her own place, made her desserts more accessible (cookies are under a buck, a plate of warm doughnuts $5) and shown us that she has great flair for food too. Heading to Chicago? Stop by Hot Chocolate and admire its great design and hip Bucktown location next door to one of our favorite shops. Brunch, lunch and dinner are served and a case full of tasty treats ready to take out. Our brunch of donuts, fresh fruit, brioche french toast, housemade granola, and my favorite, a local fried duck egg on top of duck rillettes on toast, was a home run, and the cookies and brownies came to the rescue on a much-delayed flight home. Of course you can get the eponymous beverage, French press coffee and great shakes too.