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Quick Lunch Review: The Chocolate Angel In Dallas

pimentoWatch your back, Celebrity Bakery. Here comes The Chocolate Angel. Two sisters, Sherrie McCall and Marcia Clingon, have turned their wholesale fudge operation into four locations of The Chocolate Angel, a bakery, café, and tearoom.

I was shocked to open the door of the location in Preston Forest–the room was full of women. The only men in the space were behind the counter. The menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, a quiche of the day, and baked goods. (The Richardson location serves afternoon tea from 3:30-5:30 p.m.) The Chocolate Angel feels a lot like Celebrity Bakery except when you are stand over the cookie case waiting to order, you don’t faint from sticker shock: lemon bars are $1.00, Neiman-Marcus recipe chocolate chip cookies are 85 cents, and cupcakes are $2.75.

JC and I were jonsing for cheese and cheese we did find. She went for the four-cheese sandwich sprinkled with garlic salt and grilled between two thin slices of sourdough. We were so hungry we forgot to ask which four cheeses were melted together. I went for the “Some Like it Hot” sandwich—a thick layer of pimento cheese tossed with toasted pecans, chopped jalapenos, and chunks of applewood-smoked bacon served with a side of thick homemade strawberry jam and a tossed green salad and a ramekin of pasta salad. It was too much for one to eat, but I managed. The whole plate is only $7.29. I was disappointed to find the cheese still cold and the jalapeno slices too few and far between. If you order it, ask for extra peppers and make sure they grill it until the cheese bubbles over the side.

Stuffed, we didn’t eat dessert, but we brought a thick slice of strawberry cake and a thicker slice of dark chocolate cake back to the office. I took a bite of each one and spit both of them back into my napkin. The texture of the cake is spongy and felt rubbery against the roof of my mouth. The thin layer of chocolate icing was almost pure confectioners’ sugar flavored with a hint of bitter chocolate. One office mate described it as tasting like “the inside of an old lady’s house.” Being an old lady, I strongly disagree with her.

The dining room was packed with young, old, big, and little ladies. They all seemed wildly happy. I looked at some of the other sandwiches and the smoked turkey on orange-cranberry bread caught my eye. I’d go back if only to get that pimento cheese sandwich grilled properly.

12 comments on “Quick Lunch Review: The Chocolate Angel In Dallas

  1. I love the Chocolate Angel, and I’m one of a mass following. Most weekends you have to have reservations JUST to eat lunch there, and sometimes on weekdays as well. We order their take away meals for lunches, and very few at work can resist when we put together orders. I’ve had a slew of friends who have chosen their location for their bridesmaids luncheon, and I recently had my birthday in one of their adorable party rooms. I’ve never tried any of the dishes you mentioned, but the thing I love to get is the triple treat plate that includes three salad choices. The most popular dishes when I order for the groups include #1 Pretzel Salad #2 House Salad #3 Chicken Salad #4 Pasta Salad, but there is so many great options! They also have really….really…good iced brownies. I’ve never heard anyone say they don’t like the Chocolate Angel, so…don’t be afraid to go back and give it another try. :O)

  2. “I was shocked to open the door of the location in Preston Forest–the room was full of women. ”

    It’s a tearoom – what were you expecting?

  3. No it is not a tearoom. It is a bakery and cafe. The Richardson location serves tea during the afternoon. And grilled pimento cheese is so right.

  4. Christy: can you explain the pretzel salad? I’m hoping it involves strawberry jello and cream cheese, just like the one my Mom makes at Thanksgiving.

  5. Thats exactly the one! Pretzel crust, creamy filling, and strawberries in jello..yum!

  6. Their website calls it Chocolate Angel Cafe & Tearoom – I have been to the one on Hebron & Midway and have never actually stayed because there are never tables to sit at or the line is so incredibly long that you could wait an hour before you got your order and actually sat down to eat.
    If you can call in your order ahead of time I will try it again just for the pretzel salad.

  7. The menu I have says The Chocolate Angel Cafe and Tearoom for the Richardson location. Chocolate Angel Too for the other Richardson location (looks like the space next door). Chocolate Angel Too Cafe and Bakery in Carrollton and Chocolate Angel in Preston Forest. Only one is billed as a tearoom.

  8. This is just one person’s opinion but I think Chocolate Angel is wonderful! They have the best chicken salad in Dallas and don’t get me started on their delicious cakes and pies. Just like my Grandmother used to make from scratch. I know all my friends enjoy it as well.

  9. I’m shocked that your cake slices weren’t good. I used to find the Celebrity chocolate cakes to be a bit dry, and I’ve been happier with Chocolate Angel. And my kids beg for the chocolate covered oreos!