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Aug 6, 2009 11:23 AM

Peanut Butter Lovers of LA; I seek your wisdom!

Hey guys, I just moved to Santa Monica all the way from the East Coast, been living here for almost a full month now and I have to say I am in love with all the good eats out here (which many were discovered thanks to the chow boards, thanks for that!). Well, I am a self proclaimed peanut butter addict and I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions for getting my peanut butter fix out here in LA; I want to hear your suggestions! From peanut butter pancakes to donuts to shakes to entrees....LET ME HAVE IT! So whats the best place to get my PB fix?! Thanks in advance!!

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  1. Stan's Donuts in Westwood.

    Chocolate Peanut Butter
    Peanut Butter and Banana with Chocolate Chips
    Peanut Butter and Jelly

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    1. re: wutzizname

      OMG Peanut Butter and Banana?!?! Thats my favorite combo right there! Will definitely have to check those out! THANKS and keep them coming!

    2. for when you're buying the stuff in the jars,

      my favorite is:
      Santa Cruz organic DARK ROASTED peanut butter.
      it comes in both creamy and crunchy styles.
      available many places
      i buy mine at gelson's

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      1. re: westsidegal

        wow....just wow...I want to thank you for suggesting this as I have now found my favorite natural creamy peanut butter. Truly amazing flavor.

        1. re: crash31

          my pleasure.
          i'm glad you agree with me about this stuff.
          truly far superior to any other jarred stuff i've tried and also superior to most of the other 'ground-to-order" stuff i've tried.

        2. re: westsidegal

          This is my favorite as well. Very, very tasty peanut butter and again, better than much of the ground to order stuff.

          Also, the chocolate peanut butter cupcake at Joan's is tasty.

          1. re: JudiAU

            if you have a craving for chocolate and pb some time when joan's is closed, may i suggest slathering some of the santa cruz pb on toast and then sprinkling it with trader joes semi-sweet chocolate chips. put the whole thing in the toaster oven for a minute and the chocolate will get soft.
            this is the best midnight pb/choolate fix i've found.
            during the day, though, a trip to joan's is warranted. . .

          2. re: westsidegal

            We tried the Santa Cruz Dark Roasted Creamy PB today and It has a Interesting Dark Roasted Flavor but the Texture was incredibly Grainy, the oil didn't integrate very well even after keeping it upside down over a day to help the process. The PB was really sticky so that it would linger in my throat ten minutes later and I felt Like the Dog i the Got Milk Commercial who is trying to lick the PB out of his mouth.

          3. Magee's House of Nuts in the 3rd And Fairfax Farmer's Market. It is So Good my wife gave me a pint of Peanut butter and a loaf of Potato flour bread for our dating anniversary one year and I didn't complain.

            Magee’s House of Nuts
            At the World Famous Los Angeles Farmer’s Market
            6333 West Third Street, #624
            Los Angeles, CA 90036

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            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              Ditto this. You can watch the grinding and mixing of the PB and almost always can get a jar of it still warm. Good Mac nut butter too.

              1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                I've been trying to add this place for a few minutes. Link to a place won't work but anyway this is my favorite for both sentimental AND taste reasons.Mom bought it when I was a little kid, no Skippy in our house, and sometimes she would get me their Fruit & Nut Peanut Butter - I still love the stuff!

              2. Call Glacier Ice Cream in Manhattan Beach to see if they have any of their peanut butter flavors available....they rotate flavors daily....sometimes they'll even have hard-frozen pints to take home, just bring some ice and you'll make it back to Santa Monica without any problem.

                1. Fellow peanut butter lover here. I enjoyed the peanut butter terrine at Bottega Louie.