Sure, Mignon Chocolate has heart-shaped boxes, rose-shaped chocolates and wide ribbon with silk flowers wrapped around 2-foot-square golden boxes. But one thing that makes this more appealing than a standard chocolatier is a little sign hanging along Verdugo Boulevard that simply says “Coffee.”
Oh, yeah. The perfect storm.
Four Glendale’s Best Awards hang on the burnt-orange walls alongside pictures of celebrity customers and the remarkable family story. Several cases display tiny boxes, ribboned bags and colorful foil-wrapped chocolates that show how suited these elegant chocolates are to being party favors. But do more than shop — stay.
There are four tables outside among low shrubs, and several tables inside.
We found pastries from Porto’s like muffins, croissants and Danishes. A refrigerated case holds delights imported frozen from Italy. The day we went, we found slices of apple tart, Fruiti di Bosco, a tart with pastry cream and several kinds of berries dusted with powdered sugar, and a Tiramisu Cup, a velvety tiramisu in a small glass bowl. Each was $3.75.