French Broad Chocolates, Revisited

French Broad Chocolate Lounge is having a Facebook competition for locals and non-locals, so I thought I’d reblog this piece from 2008! As my friend Robin Dance ( might say, FBCL is magically delicious!

Gomming & Yowing

Chocolate lounges have been popular in other cities for a while, and truly, what’s not to love about an all-chocolate “lounge” experience?

Asheville has its own take on lounging with chocolate: the French Broad Chocolate Lounge at 10 S. Lexington Avenue. (For locavores, it’s near the S. Lexington intersection with Patton Ave.; just above the back door parking lot for Mast General Store, and across the street from the Drhumor Building’s parking lot.) Even their sign, which proudly proclaims “artisan chocolates & desserts,” looks good enough to eat!

Inside, it’s cool and restful and lounge-like–completely conducive to the appreciation of chocolate in its many forms. There are tables and chairs for those who enjoy their chocolate upright, and welcoming leather sofa seating for those who prefer curling up with or sinking into their cacao of choice.

And, oh, the choices! A staggering array of truffles, from single origin and plantation-grown sources to heavenly rose-and-lavender creations crowned with delicate pistachio…

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