500BestSquareChocolate Cake @ Mondo

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“It’s just a chocolate layer cake, but it’s awesome,” say my two resident chocolate experts. No surprise there: owner-chef Susan Spicer has always taken more care with and used almost insanely good ingredients in all her baking. Dark, deep chocolate in the cake and between the four layers. Rich enough that I, poor male that I am, can only get through about a third of it before blowing a flavor-receptor fuse. The Marys shake their heads at this and add, “simply wonderful.”

Mondo. Lakeview: 900 Harrison Ave. 504-224-2633.

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