Where do chocoholics go in LA/Orange County area?
I have a very sweet tooth and love chocolate desserts: fudge brownies, souffle, truffles etc. Coming from NYC, staying in Irvine and exploring the area. Could you please recommend a good place to find exceptional chocolate desserts? Thank you.
chocolate souffle at bistro garden is AWESOME. also good at chez mimi
choc pot de creme mimosa.
choc croissant from amandine
truffles from k chocolatier or the champagne truffles from teuscher or chocolates from edelweiss.
hot chocolate at clementine or in tem per an tia (truffles here too!) or senor fred's (mexican) or city bakery
jin patisserie's chocolate ginger confection
second the see's rec, and recommend esp the bordeaux.
choc bread pudding at josie
chocolate parisian cake from viktor benes'
chocolate bento box at ubon
flourless chocolate cakes at urth caffe and double dutch dinette
choc cake from al gelato
chocolate menu http://www.coconoche.com/chocolate.html
I LOVE Boule on La Cienega and I'm from France (so I feel like I know about good chocolate :)).
I especially recommend the macarrons but the all the chocolates and pastries I have had there have been good. The presentation is fabulous, I think the prettiest I have seen.
I like See's, but I've found better. It's hard to find buttercremes to match See's, as so many artisinal choclatiers thing of buttercremes as plebian. Frankly, I love em.
But my favorite is Richard Donnelly in Santa Cruz, available by mail order.
Comparte's are good.
I like the chocolate fondue at La Fondue Burgonion (sp?) in Sherman Oaks.
2 Leeda's big chocolate chip cookies with Gelson's Arnacia Rosa Gelato inside-that's yummy!
Nata's has some good chocolate pastries
I agree that See's chocolate candy is hard to beat. When you consider price of others, then See's cannot be beat. But after trying leonida's ice blended Mocha it becomes very hard to accept any other. It is one of those things that once it is in your hands you stop your conversation with others. Once you start sipping from the straw you do not remove it from your mouth until long after the cup is empty and you notice that your sucking on that empty straw is making people near you look in your direction.
The OP said their going to be driving through OC, LA and Ventura counties. Maybe it would be good to make a stop at leonida's in either Pasadena or Santa Monica to get a Mocha to help stay awake for all that driving.
My name is sku and I am a chocoholic. I can't speak for Orange, but here are a few of my favorite chocolate treats in LA.
My favorite truffles are from L'Artisan du Chocolate on First Street, east of Virgil or
K Chocolatier in Beverly Hills
The Chocolate Chip Cookie at Square One on Fountain, west of Vermont
The dark chocolate cupcakes at Leda's Bake Shop on Ventura Sherman Oaks. (A few pictures of these at www.recenteats.blogspot.com)
Dr. Bob's Sharffen-Berger the Works ice cream, available at Gelson's, Surfa's, Bay Cities Deli. and other gourmet stores.
The Old Fasioned Chocolate Cake from Sweet Lady Jane on Melrose in West Hollywood.
Well, the chocolate souffle at Il Frite in Sherman Oaks is yummy.
I love the chocolate cupcakes and cookies at Leeda's in Sherman Oaks, and ther brownies and blondies!
In the same town there is Senior Fred, which has a spanish hot chocolate with dipping churros dessert that is very nice.
In Studio city at the Artisan Cheese gallery one can procure the house made chocolate truffles by Spano chocolate.
Boule on La Cienega has some nice chocolates, but latey aren't the same, service and atmosphere wise.
Comparte's chocolates are good.
If you make it to L.A. / Hollywood area try to go to MILK. This place, MILK, is a bakery and ice cream plant which produces some very good bake goods and maybe the best ice cream in L.A. You must try the Ooey gooey Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookie and wash it down with a chocolate shake. MILK also has a Hot fudge sundae with a very good brownie on the bottom. The brownie and ice cream are excellent but they need to improve the hot fudge sauce. I would say skip the sauce and enjoy the brownie and ice cream. MILK also has a moist chocolate cake. You will notice some chocolate milk in glass bottles as you enter. That is from Broguiere's Dairy. You must try this chocolate milk and might be able to find it in Irvine. Maybe call Broguiere's and ask what stores in Irvine have it. The bottles have advertising printed onto the glass and the “MILK” logo can be found. Nice keepsake for your chocolate Chowhounding tour of LA. Anyway, that chocolate milk is thick and will cure your sweet tooth for chocolate desserts. Maybe you should get a small ice chest and take some home.
A low cost great Chow day begins at either Carney’s for L.A.’s best chili dogs, or try L.A.’s version of a NY slice at Vito’s Pizza, and then drive over to MILK for dessert.
7290 Beverly Boulevard (at Poinsettia)
Los Angeles 90036
Mon - Closed
Sun, Tue – Thur 9 a.m.– 10 p.m.
Fri-Sat 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy
505 S Maple Ave.
Montebello, CA 90640-5404 (323) 726-0524
846 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Carney’s located on Sunset Blvd.
If you're staying in Irvine, you should definitely try Chuao. I find the freshness can be an issue -- turnover isn't very high at this location. That being said, the Parchita (passion fruit caramel) is delicious. I've visited a lot of chocolate shops in various locations (SF, Paris, NY, etc) and I still keep coming back to the Parchita. Lots of other interesting flavors, as well -- very hit or miss though.