4. Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates
City: San Francisco
Address: 401 Hayes St.
Signature Item: Orange Pekoe Tea ganache
Chef Christopher Elbow dedicated himself entirely to chocolate after working with Emeril Lagasse and other celebrity chefs. His gourmet chocolates have been featured on Oprah and The Food Network, and use (pun alert) outside-the-box ingredients like mango, lime, and lavender. Could it be that this S.F. shop is elbowing aside the competition?