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Late-Night Snack: Russian Hot Chocolate

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Russian Hot Chocolate | Photo by Snack Behrens/LAist

Since January, Sherman Oaks' restaurant row has been home to the first Jazzve Coffee in the country. The slick and classy coffeeshop, which is an Armenian chain (one website says it's the Starbucks of the country), specializes, not in jazz music, but a very strong coffee ($3.99) that's cooked in a Jazzve pot on sand (photo of the Jazzve below).

But what caught this late-night snacker's eye was the Russian Hot Chocolate ($5.99)... what is that? Served in a small thin glass, this type of hot chocolate is so thick, it warrants a spoon (it's still drinkable, albeit pours slowly into your mouth). A good way to think about it is melting down rich chocolate and adding just enough milk to make it a thick, gooey and smooth beverage. For a late-night sweet tooth or chocolate craving, this hits the spot.

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Jazzve is only open from 5 p.m. to midnight during the week, from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and Sunday and is located at 13718 Ventura Blvd near Woodman and Ventura and next to Senor Fred and Leda's Bake Shop. If you plan on using your credit card, beware of the extreme lameness that is a $10 minimum. The rest of their menu is made up of cold and hot teas, ice cream, fresh juice, omelettes, crepes, sandwiches, waffles, soups and salads. The menu is oddly printed on a newspaper.


Jazzve Coffee, taken on their Ventura Blvd. patio | Photo by Snack Behrens/LAist