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Jul 9, 2008 10:48 PM

Chocolate Chip Cookie Craving

I can't believe a search did not turn up some kind of "chocolate chip cookie showdown" in the Bay Area.

So, in the interests of research (and my own selfish cravings), I ask everyone what their favorite bakery chocolate chip cookie is.

Alas, I don't currently have a bakery favorite, but I do love the ones at Michael Mina. Too bad they don't sell them in to go bags.

Edit: opinions will vary, but to me the perfect chocolate chip cookie is chewy, but crispy around the edges, preferably with walnuts and smallish chocolate chips.

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  1. Tea cakes in Emeryville (and some second location in Marin, I think) makes good chocolate chip cookies.

    I had a really great hot mini chocolate chip cookies at Ubuntu ... and it was vegan.

    Anyone tried the cookies at Thourough Bread? I over-bought on my last visit and didn't give the cookies a try.

    I don't like chunky chips. For me it is about the butter ... I still miss the old Blue Chip cookies. They were my gold standard. Don't like walnuts but pecans are ok.

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    1. re: rworange

      Teacake Bake Shop has locations in Corte Madera and Lafayette

    2. Mission Beach Cafe's are very good, although they're much bigger than I like.

      Frog Hollow sells bags of mini chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries that I'm fond of.

      And was it Fish and Farm that offered a dessert with warm cookies?

      I can think of very few great cookies in this area in general. All the bakeries seem to think they should be the size of Frisbees.

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      1. re: Windy

        Yeah, those warm chocolate chip cookies at Fish and Farm were delicious.

        Great chocolate chip cookies are hard to find. But you might want to check out Focaccia.

        Focaccia Cafe & Bakery
        119 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

      2. My vote goes to Bakesale Betty. As you described but perhaps not smallish chips. Quality ingredients and very well balanced in taste and texture. Any way, some people don't like the subtle and home baked quality but I do...afterall a cookie is a simple thing. Getting too fancy or overpowering can kill a cookie. For $1 buck (and a big cookie) it's an easy try. With or without walnuts.

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        1. re: ML8000

          Thanks for the quick replies! They were a nice morning surprise. Too bad I can't enjoy them with some cookies...

          On further thought, the best chocolate chip cookies I've had lately were at Cyrus. They were tiny, somewhere between the size of a quarter and a nickel, and even my dessert-eschewing husband admitted they were good.

          I think the comments here sum it up: chocolate chip cookies are a simple pleasure, require quality ingredients to shine, are seldom done well, and are too often subjected to super sizing.

          1. re: ML8000

            I like the Bakesale Betty ones a lot.

          2. Not a bakery, but the Slow Club makes a very fine chocolate chip cookie, of the saucer-sized, there-must-be-a-half-stick-of-butter-in-this-thing variety. It's $2.50, though, for those who have a philosophical objection to paying that much for a cookie.

            1. Sorry, I thought the link had attached, but not quite....

              Slow Club
              2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110