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Jan 20, 2010 09:45 PM

Chocolate Chip Cookie To Replace Leda's Bake Shop?

Hello All,

I'm new to the boards and this particular topic nagged me such that I had to create a new account to have it answered.

Like many people in the (SF) Valley, I was really saddened to see Leda's Bake Shop (formerly in Sherman Oaks) close up shop. Though the cupcakes were tasty, what I REALLY loved were the cookies. I was particularly in love with her vegan chocolate chip cookie--just slightly crispy when you bite into it but overall very soft, chewy and moist throughout. I'm not vegan, but I absolutely LOVED those things.

Now, knowing that Leda's is unlikely ever to reopen, I am wondering if anyone knows of a bakery that made a chocolate chip cookie that was similar to Leda's in consistency and as good or better in taste. I would prefer a place in the East Valley but am happy to try out places on the Westside, Hollywood or SGV if they offer comparable deliciousness.

Leda's Bake Shop
13722 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91423

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  1. Yes, Leda's chocolate chip cookies were very good but as you know she has closed. My current favorites are at The Curious Palete, larger than Leda's were and a couple of bucks each but soooo good!

    The Curious Palate
    12034 Venice Boulevard, Mar Vista, CA

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    1. re: sel

      Totally second CURIOUS PALATE - amazing and big and great quality chocolate.

      And - you might like PLATINE - this is a very different type of chocolate chip cookie (smaller for one) but still good -

      I assume you've tried that OTHER awesome Valley bakeshop BIG SUGAR BAKE SHOP?(to be fair, their cookies aren't they're best feature)

      1. re: JackonCrack

        Thanks to both of you for the reviews--it turns out that Curious Palate is right on my route to and from work, so I'll definitely be checking it out soon.

        I actually tried out Platine for the first time a few days ago. The stuff was good, but I'm not sure if I would pay as much as I did again for what I bought. The cookies were decent but not what I was looking for, and they didn't have their signature brownie that day. :(

        I haven't actually been to Big Sugar Bake Shop--when I'd been around the area I'd always gone straight to Leda's. What's their best dessert(s), in your opinion?

        1. re: happipanda

          Big Sugar BakeShop has AMAZING Donut Muffins, Sugar Cookies and a damn fine Bostom Creme Cupcake!

          and Yeah, Platine's aren't my idea of a perfect cookie, but lots of folks like 'em. (Personally I like cookies from Snookies, Curious Palate, Deluscious, Cookie Casa (you can get on the mobile "Sweets Truck"), and the GIANORMOUS cookie from the Village Idiot and the cookie they used to serve at Square One (RIP). But none of those are like Leda's...)

          Hmmm, for Leda's type of cookie you might also put Clementine's in Century City and Susie Cake's in Brentwood on your list

          1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

          Big Sugar Bake Shop
          12182 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

          SusieCakes Bakery
          11708 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          Platine Sweets & Savories
          10850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          1. re: JackonCrack

            aaand my friend just told me I forgot about FOOD (d'oh!)

            10571 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            1. re: JackonCrack

              We like the chocolate cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies the best at Big Sugar. In our opinion, they taste the closest to high quality homemade - our tastes run towards good chocolate and less sweet. My husband always gets a brownie as well...

            2. re: JackonCrack

              "Square One (RIP)."

              Square One Dining
              4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

              1. re: sel

                Hah! No, no, just the cookie they used to make.

                When they changed owners, they did away with their awesome cookie.

                Well, at least the last few times I went.

                1. re: JackonCrack

                  thanks for the clarification, haven't been since before the holidays but it is one of my fav breakfast/lunch hangouts.

                  1. re: sel

                    Thanks for the recs, all! With these suggestions, I'm sure I'll find something to fill the place in my soul that previously belonged to Leda's. I sense a cookie spree in my future...

      2. I am serious about my chocolate chip cookes and Portos has EXCELLENT chocolate chip cookies.