Local chocolate, BYOB, and more

By on May 20, 2015

Bring your own beverage and escape with a menu of local foods prepared in recipes from around the world. With a chocolate theme in both drinks and food, Café Chocolate in Lititz offers everything from chocolate fondue to West African Peanut Chowder.

“Our menu is unique,” said café owner Janice Dull of the options. “They’re not as strange as they sound.”

Café Chocolate offers BYOB with its unique menu, and all can be enjoyed at their outdoor seating. Their patio is a grassy haven of flowers, trees and shade; the perfect place to sip a glass of wine on a spring afternoon. Depending on the time of day, patrons can hear the echo of children playing at Lititz Elementary School. The church bells offer an afternoon melody, and may just be playing a Simon and Garfunkel song, if you listen closely. The large magnolia tree dirties the tables, but this can be fixed with a quick cleaning.

According to Dull, when customers come in and don’t realize the café is BYOB, she sends them to Waltz Vineyard for a bottle of wine. The Manheim winery has a store in Lititz and offers free samples. A few doors down, Stargazers Wine Shop from Coatesville has wine and samples as well. Café Chocolate has a bottle opener and wine glasses on hand.

The café has been open for 10 years, and the previous owner’s frequent travels inspired the exotic menu options. Dull took over the café two years ago, and this is her first café. For some, the location brings back memories of when the building served as Benner’s Pharmacy, a long time Lititz staple.

Along with international food, the café also offers a lengthy list of chocolate drinks and desserts. All of the chocolate used in their recipes is from Wilbur Chocolate Factory. The chocolate available for purchase in the store supports the Rainforest Alliance, and the packaging lists where in the world the chocolate comes from.

Café Chocolate serves a variety of chocolate-themed foods with an international flair. They are one of the few places on Main Street open on Sunday. BYOB and relax on their spacious patio. (Photo by Lenay Ruhl)

Café Chocolate serves a variety of chocolate-themed foods with an international flair. They are one of the few places on Main Street open on Sunday. BYOB and relax on their spacious patio. (Photo by Lenay Ruhl)

The café also belongs to Buy Fresh, Buy Local in Lancaster County, and according to Dull, they have everything local as much as possible in their recipes. They also try for organic when they can, and offer vegan and gluten free items. All of their gluten free desserts are baked in house.

The café is one of few places on Main Street open on Sunday, and they do good business that day. Dull often gets asked by tourists why more shops aren’t open on Sundays.

Patrons can shop at Café Chocolate, as they have shelves with tea, mugs, magnets and t-shirts, amongst other things. A reading selection is available to enjoy while you’re at the café.

Dull operates with around 10 employees, only one of which is male.

“He loves every minute of it,” said Dull.

New soup and sandwich specials are coming for summer.

Café Chocolate is located at 40 E. Main St., Lititz. Their hours are: Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit them online at chocolatelititz.com.

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