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Best OATMEAL COOKIE - santa monica/venice

rosie j Apr 18, 2007 11:00 AM

Looking for the most delicious traditional oatmeal cookie (soft - not crisp). /Additionaly, nothing against the white chocolate/cranberry cookies of the world, but the taste I need to satisfy calls for old school yumminess.

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    kra81 RE: rosie j Apr 18, 2007 11:12 AM

    My favorite oatmeal raisins in LA are in Westwood at Diddy Riese. they're amazing and only 35 cents each!!

    926 Broxton Ave
    Los Angeles, CA
    Phone: (310) 208-0448

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      Wolfgang RE: kra81 Apr 18, 2007 11:16 AM

      The oatmeal currant cookies at La Brea bakery are fantastic.

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      epop RE: rosie j Apr 18, 2007 11:40 AM

      by far the best i've had are at city bakery in the brentwood country mart (on the s. monica border, at 26th )

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        David Kahn RE: epop Apr 18, 2007 03:06 PM

        Agree. And their chocolate cookies are friggin' tdf.

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          maudies5 RE: epop Apr 19, 2007 08:32 PM

          Have to disagree about the oatmeal cookie at City Bakery. They are sickeningly sweet. I think they have coconut in them. I love oatmeal raisin cookies. My favorite ones these days are at Clementine.

        2. mollyomormon RE: rosie j Apr 18, 2007 11:49 AM

          I have a weakness for the ones in the plastic containers from the bakery at Ralph's! Although I pretty much gave up shopping there during the last strike, I still sometimes grab a package. Definitely get the ones without the nuts.

          My favorite ones ever are from Great Harvest, which is a chain of bread stores that don't seem to be too prevalent in southern California.

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            Emme RE: mollyomormon Apr 19, 2007 11:12 PM

            Similarly, the ones from Costco are soft, perfectly spiced and chewy... All the cookies in the that tub are great!

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              mollyomormon RE: Emme Apr 20, 2007 02:49 PM

              I forgot about those. The Costco oatmeal raisin ones are awesome!

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            glutton RE: rosie j Apr 18, 2007 12:48 PM

            I've seen the basic oatmeal cookie at Clementine before, but I did not have it. However, I've never eaten anything from Clementine that I did not love. I don't just like their food, I love their food.

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              kmoore RE: glutton Apr 19, 2007 11:02 AM

              After reading this post, I decided to venture to Diddy Riese for the first time. (Chowhound staying in Los Angeles by way of Toronto). Gotta say, there is nothing quite like that in Toronto. Cheap and Good. Never would have figured that Westwood Village would be home to such a creation. I went for the M&M Cookies with Espresso Chip ice cream. $1.25. Even if they did raise their price.... it's a bucks 25. You can't get a decent cup of java for that money anywhere.

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                PaulF RE: kmoore Apr 19, 2007 11:13 AM

                They actually recently (fairly recently) raised their prices.

                And apologized for it.

                It's sort of an institution.

                There are better cookies, perhaps, but few that are a better value.

                There are a couple of other places in the Village that have that "it's a tradition" feel to them. I've been going to them for so long, I know longer know if they are good, I just know I like them.

                In addition to DR, they are Falafel King, Stan's Donuts and Sepi's Subs. Anyone who went to school in Westwood likely knows them all well.

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                  bulavinaka RE: PaulF Apr 19, 2007 10:24 PM

                  Maybe Stan's was the originator of "gourmet" donuts - they were into elevating the simple donut back in the late 70s-early 80s?

                  Falafal King - one of the first places to gain popularity in the Westside by cooking up falafal and shwarma - they get flamed now, but I'd still eat there...

                  Diddy Riese - too many all-nighters would have ended in crash&burn without a stash of their cookies in my backpack...

            2. WildSwede RE: rosie j Apr 19, 2007 12:20 PM

              The big ones at Von's, believe it or not! The ones that are near the bulk bagles that you select yourself. Really, really good. I was shocked!! Fantastic!

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                PayOrPlay RE: rosie j Apr 19, 2007 11:05 PM

                Clementine's "Mrs Miller's cookie" is excellent, and it's chewy; it's got coconut and raisins so I don't know if that's oldschool enough for the OP.

                I really like the flavor and satisfying huge bites of the big, fat, crumbly "Colossal" oatmeal-raisin cookies from Bristol Farms, even though they're sometimes a little dry;I can easily see how someone else might not. I also think Victor Benes makes a pretty decent one. (Mrs. Fields used to make great oatmeal-raisin cookies too, but that was in another century, unfortunately.)

                And I got no problem with DIddy Reese's either, especially when you make an ice cream sandwich out of 'em, like a made-to-order It's-It.

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                  Oh Robin RE: rosie j Apr 20, 2007 01:30 PM

                  Okay I know this is weird but I love the ones at Togo's. They're my absolute fave and with a turkey & provolone sub that's a yummy lunch.

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                    Emme RE: Oh Robin Apr 20, 2007 01:58 PM

                    Funny... when I was in high school, I distincly recall Subway having a very good oatmeal cookie.

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                      mollyomormon RE: Emme Apr 20, 2007 02:50 PM

                      They still do. And really good peanut butter ones!

                  2. ciaobella RE: rosie j Apr 20, 2007 02:02 PM

                    I'm partial to the Druid Circles from Trader Joes's - though they have raisins in them.

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                      Oh Robin RE: ciaobella Apr 20, 2007 05:02 PM

                      OMG forgot about those! Okay those are my real favorite.

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                        bulavinaka RE: Oh Robin Apr 21, 2007 11:21 PM

                        One of my nearest and dearest buddies who is half-irish, half-scotsman, and all oats, swears by the Druid Circles...

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                      DMojoD RE: rosie j Apr 21, 2007 04:11 PM

                      Urth Cafe!

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                        torta basilica RE: rosie j Apr 22, 2007 09:29 AM

                        Believe it or not, Smart N Final here in Costa Mesa (so I assume the same for the others) has great oatmeal cookies in tubs. Perfect soft to chewy to crisp ratio, well-done raisens... yummm...

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