A new bakery and deli opened in the Brightwood neighborhood of DC on the corner of Georgia Ave. and Missouri Ave in late February, 2013. Owner and Chef, Robert Cabeca, used his love of and experience with chocolate to craft a unique menu of American classics infused with chocolate inspiration.
Chocolate Crust is the newest addition to the Brightwood neighborhood, and located at the corner of Georgia Ave NW and Missouri Ave. across from where the first Wal-Mart inside the District is slated to open later in 2013. The bakery is centrally located in this growing neighborhood and offers carryout and delivery services. Though there is no seated service, customers are welcome to sit and enjoy a beverage and snack on samples while their food is prepared.
Chocolate Crust’s signature dish is the Chocolate Pizza made with a crust that incorporates cacao nibs, small pieces of the roasted cocoa bean, and bits of dark chocolate. In explaining the concept of this dish Owner & Chef, Robert Cabeca explains “Chocolate is really a versatile and complex ingredient that many people sideline as a dessert or candy. The cocoa beans flavor profile enhances the natural flavors of fresh pizza.” Though customers might be uncertain when they first hear of the savory chocolate options, Robert and the staff say the feedback has been positive and encouraging.
For those remaining skeptics, Chocolate Crust will be doling out samples this upcoming weekend for their grand opening. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday for tastes of the pizza, skillet crusted cocoa mac & cheese, and assorted pastries as well as special offers – and free balloons!
Chef Cabeca states: “This is a really eclectic neighborhood with great potential. Our food has been a welcome addition for the local residents. I love watching our customers express skeptical curiosity towards our cocoa infused food and then watch their expressions of delight once they experience how good it really is. We already have dedicated regulars after just a few weeks!”
Other menu items include skillet seared Cocoa Macaroni & Cheese topped with bits of bacon and cacao nibs, ChoGrilled Cheese on Chocolate Bread, fresh made bagels and breads for sandwiches, and crisp salads. Along with the unique savory chocolate items, Chocolate Crust offers a wide variety of baked goods and pastries baked fresh daily on site. Chocolate chip cookies, scones, cupcakes, brioche cinnamon rolls, and brownies are just a few of the baked goods offerings. Custom and wedding cakes, catering and wholesale packages are also available for order.
Some metered parking is available along Georgia Ave in front of the Chocolate Crust, with other zoned parking available in nearby neighborhoods. In the coming weeks Chocolate Crust will also be offering delivery service in the adjacent neighborhoods.
Robert Cabeca has been working with chocolate for over 25 years. Owner of COCOVA in Adams Morgan, he decided to create a place where the experience of chocolate is infused into fresh, classic foods from hamburgers to pizza in a casual and fun atmosphere. Having no formal culinary training, apart from a few specialty classes like wedding cake design, Robert has proven himself a passionate expert in the field of chocolate, pastry, and cooking.
Chocolate Crust is open from 9AM-6PM every day of the week.