May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day. So why not celebrate with a big bowl of chocolate chip ice cream, chewy, gooey cookies, pancakes loaded with morsels or some other sweet dessert to pay homage to the chocolate chip? If you're not sure where to find one of these delightful desserts, look no further than right here. This list features some of the best places around the state to pick up some sweet treats. So raise your glass of cold milk and toast 'salud' to the chocolate chip.
The Egg & I Restaurant
2828 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Egg & I specializes in breakfast and brunch food at its two locations, one in St. Paul and one in Minneapolis. The chocolate chip pancakes appear on the specials menu every once in a while and they are worth the wait. Top the stack of hot cakes with pure maple syrup and you've got a breakfast party going in your mouth. These fluffy cakes are melt-in-your-mouth good and the menu boasts that this spot has the "biggest cakes in town." This breakfast plate is the perfect way to start out your day of homage to the chocolate chip.
Tobies Restaurant & Bakery
404 Fire Monument Road
Hinckley, MN 55307
Tobies is a one-stop shop half way from the Twin Cities to Duluth. If you find yourself headed up north and in need of a sugary treat or a savory snack, Tobies is your best bet. Its bakery is on many favorite lists and is definitely a place you must stop rather than travel by. If you're not hungry when you're close to Hinckley, you must stop and fill a bag of sweets for the road. If it's a chocolate chip treat you're after, look no further than the large chocolate chip cookies or chocolate chip pound cake. These two are just some of the options of chocolate chip goodness you'll find at Tobies.
Keys Cafe & Bakery
1750 Weir Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Keys Cafe & Bakery is a family-owned restaurant with eight locations in the Twin Cities metro area. The menu and bakery items will make your mouth water just looking over them, especially the seven layer bars. If you want to celebrate the chocolate chip for National Chocolate Chip Day, why not go out with a bang!? This seven layer bar features all of the ooey, gooey, sweet goodness of graham cracker, butterscotch, coconut, walnuts and (of course) chocolate in the form of little chip morsels. Ordering one of these bars might be just what the doctor ordered, and what else to accompany this dessert than a cup of steaming hot coffee. The Keys' family restaurants have been around since 1973 and they sure know what they're doing - longtime customers keep coming back for more.
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Cow Bella Gelato
1700 Grand Ave.
St Paul, MN 55105
Cow Bella Gelato in St. Paul serves each frosty serving of gelato with thoughtfulness and love... and with local, seasonal and all-natural ingredients. With all that going for it, it's gotta be good. To nip your chocolate chip craving in the bud, stop by this yummy gelato shop and order up a bambino, piccolo, medio or grande size of the mint chocolate chip. It's sure to please the eyes and tummy. The gelato at this joint is made fresh daily and with a mix of over 50 different flavors, so each time you go, you might find a different flavor surprise like Guiness, mojito or blue cheese with caramelized onion. At any rate, a spoonful of Cow Bella's mint chocolate chip will satisfy any sweet tooth.
3338 University Ave. S.E
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Va Va Voom! That's all there is to say about the cupcake on the menu that features delicious, yet devilish chocolate chips. One look at the black bottom cupcake will make your mouth water and stomach growl for sure. This cute cupcake is made from everything good in the world: chocolate batter, chocolate chips, cream cheese and ganache. While the menu at Cupcake showcases lots of darling little cupcakes, some almost too cute to eat, this one takes the cake (literally). As an ode to the beautiful, brown, melty chocolate chip on this May 15, this is the perfect way to round out your chocolate chip-eating experience.
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