Being a chocoholic and hearing so much about the new chocolate bar ACKC (Artfully Chocolate Kingsbury Confections) on 14th St., I had to try out the place. The amazing artwork on the tables and walls is the work of co-owner Eric Nelson.
After a few minutes inside this delightful little chocolate bar, I was thinking to myself: is DC the new San Francisco? While some might call the decor loud and gaudy, I would say it's a very happy place to be. And when I say happy, I also mean gay. In the words of Assistant Manager Delando, "we wanted to make sure this place was as gay as it could be. Like a drag queen threw up!"
At the table next to me were two openly gay men talking about gentrification. One of them had recently moved to Shaw. He mentioned that his block had become completed gay-owned in the last year but that it was still very "ghetto". He seemed very concerned about all the litter produced by the surrounding neighbors and feared that his dog would choke on all the chicken bones that had been tossed to the ground. My favorite comment from this same guy: "I didn't become a Republican until I moved to Shaw." Interesting.
Even that annoyingly offensive conversation didn't affect how much enjoyment I got from my blissfully delicious hot chocolate. The hours are good too so you can get your chocolate fix in the morning or at night. Stop in and tell Delando that City Girl said hello!