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Where do chocoholics go in LA/Orange County area?

afarooqs Jun 15, 2007 07:40 AM

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.

  1. Emme Jun 16, 2007 12:53 AM

    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

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    1. re: Emme
      sku Jun 16, 2007 07:44 AM

      Isn't Ubon long gone? Their chocolate bento box was awesome.

      1. re: sku
        Emme Jun 16, 2007 07:20 PM

        yes i meant to lament its loss rather than suggest it... oh how the mind wanders when enraptured in chocolate pensiving

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      lesupersteph Jun 15, 2007 01:59 PM

      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.

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      1. re: lesupersteph
        ns1 Jun 15, 2007 02:38 PM

        Doubt they still have it, but when I went to the Melting Pot they had this crazy hazelnut chocolate. It was like dipping into melted ferro rochet(sp?).

        Worth the price of admission alone (and goddamn it was a high price)

      2. s
        Scotty Jun 15, 2007 10:39 AM

        You know, everytime I try a fancy chocolate place and pay a lot of money, even as I'm eating it I'm thinking See's candy is really better. Have I still not het the right expensive spots or am I the only one that thinks that?

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        1. re: Scotty
          Diana Jun 15, 2007 12:57 PM

          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

          1. re: Scotty
            kinipela Jun 15, 2007 01:11 PM

            i love see's.. and it';s a westcoast thing =) if ur gonna be in pasadena, leonida's has great chocolate truffles... =)

            1. re: kinipela
              JeetJet Jun 15, 2007 02:25 PM

              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.


          2. sku Jun 15, 2007 10:38 AM

            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.

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              Diana Jun 15, 2007 10:31 AM

              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.

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                LisaStitch Jun 15, 2007 09:20 AM

                The flourless chocolate cake at Ca'Brea is AMAZING. I'm not even a big chocolate person, but this dessert is irresistable. I believe it's called Dolce Ca'Brea on the menu...

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                  JeetJet Jun 15, 2007 09:10 AM

                  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
                  (323) 939-6455
                  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

                  Vito’s Pizza
                  846 N. La Cienega Blvd.

                  Carney’s located on Sunset Blvd.

                  1. OCAnn Jun 15, 2007 09:05 AM

                    ROY'S (www.roysrestaurant.com) has a great chocolate souffle. It's a small chain, but a yummy one.

                    There's also a CHUAO CHOCOLATIER (www.chuaochocolatier.com) @ the Irvine Spectrum. It's a San Diego company. Many folks enjoy it, though I found it to be just okay.

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                    1. re: OCAnn
                      goodhealthgourmet Jun 16, 2007 12:58 AM

                      if you make it to chuao, be sure to try the dark chocolate with cacao nibs, as well as their spicy maya bar with chili. good stuff!

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        emily Jun 16, 2007 09:55 AM

                        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.

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                      Diana Jun 15, 2007 08:07 AM


                      Irvine is kind of far away from the places I go.

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                      1. re: Diana
                        afarooqs Jun 15, 2007 08:55 AM

                        Could you please provide me with some names? I will be travelling around in OC, LA and Ventura counties. Thanks.

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