4. Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates

City: San Francisco
Address: 401 Hayes St.
Website: elbowchocolates.com
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?