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Best Oatmeal Cookie in LA?

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  • Clare K. May 4, 2005 05:29 PM
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Looking for the best oatmeal cookie in Los Angeles. I like them crispy around the edges and chewy in the middle (not raw!). The kind that you can really sink your teeth into...it's hearty and manipulates you into thinking its healthy because it's loaded with good, old-fashioned oats.

This is all in the name of research...

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  1. I just had an excellent one last week at the Comfort Cafe (formerly BBG) in Silverlake -- wouldn't go out of your way since it's more a neighborhood haunt (do a search below, under BBG, and see what I said), but man, still thinking about it! In fact, it's funny that you posted, I'm on my way there and thinking about, dare I say, indulging in one...

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    1. re: Silverlaker

      I love the cookies at the Grand Casino Bakery on Main Street and Culver in Culver City.

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      Kit Williams

      Personally, I love the oatmeal cookies which you can find at the Long Beach Farmer's Markets. Lionel, a Frenchman, aka The Scone Man (his business is called The Scone Age), makes granola, tri-berry scones and the best oatmeal raisin cookies. He also does oatmeal chocolate chip and, I think, peanut butter. But when I want an oatmeal raisin cookie, I go to Lionel -- and I'm a baker myself!

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      1. re: Kit Williams

        I second this. It's been a while since I've had one and now I want one! Does he go to an other farmer's markets?

      2. I wonder if Clare ever found her oatmeal raisin cookie... I'm on the Westside and I've been searching for a great one for a long, long time. You'd think it'd be a simple request, but no one can ever seem to get it right. I'd like to try to breathe a little more life into topic. Does anyone else have suggestions on where to find superior oatmeal raisin cookies?

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        1. re: Joe Knows

          IIRC, I had a great one at Clementine's not too long ago.

          1. re: CynD

            I like the oatmeal cookies at Surfas and Clementine's as well.

        2. Diddy Reese in westwood.

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          1. re: jlisa1

            The oatmeal would be great in the ice cream sandwich, but not so sure by themselves.... but I do give credit for good value, though.

            1. re: jlisa1

              haha. i agree. i think it has to do with the cheap factor. since the cookie is so damn cheap, the price makes it taste 3x better.

              iirc, a gift basket i received from clementines had a few oatmeal raisin cookies in it. and boy where they good.

              1. re: jlisa1

                Second Diddy Reese in Westwood!

              2. Cafe Surfas has four different kinds of cookies - huge ones, and I distinctly remember an outstanding oatmeal raisin version.

                1. Good Oatmeal cookies at Brent's Deli.

                  The BEST I ahve had in a long time is from the COSTCO bakery. Just as the original poster described.

                  I took a dozen to a family get togerher and before I got mine, POOF, they were gone. Many request for the source.

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                  1. re: Wes

                    Second COSTCO, crazy as that may seem (in fact all the cookies are good, as well as a number of other pastries they sell!).

                    Also, Subway, ironically enough, has oatmeal cookies as you describe, and cheap.

                    1. re: Emme

                      Totally not crazy. Costco's baked goods are very satisfying and classic. With so many fancy-shmancy takes on classic favorites (how pop culture adulterated the simple pleasure of an old fashioned cupcake!! green tea wasn't meant to be a cupcake!) out there, Costco doesn't mess around and I appreciate that.

                  2. If only we had Teaism here in LA (I go to them when in DC). The salty oatmeal cookies are heavenly.

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                    1. re: sherpa50

                      OMG (and OT) fond memories of their iced teas and bento boxes (I interned out there for a summer, and boy was that a wonderful epicurean experience as well.)

                    2. i vote for city bakery

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                      1. re: epop

                        I second the vote. HUGE cookie (huge price $$$). Be sure to have a defibrillator handy. In the name of research, do make trip.

                      2. You know, I am not a cookie expert, but Trader Joe's had a damn good Oatmeal cookie. Its the TJ's brand in the trough with the green or purpple label. They are about 5 inches in diameter. When you go, look at the date on all of the cookies and make sure you get the fresher ones, as they put yesterday's less fresh cookies in front to get rid of inventory.

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                        1. re: young_chower

                          I like the TJ's ones called Druid Circles. Yum... but my favorites are from Togo's. I know...

                          1. re: Oh Robin

                            No shame with that cookie. Togo's got it right.

                        2. I've always liked Mrs. Field's oatmeals, but if you are looking for larger, thinner cookies you might try the ones @ Cafe del Arte on Bedford Dr. in Beverly Hills, they are in a jar on the front counter, make sure you get a fresh one. The Good Earth's (in Studio City) oatmeals are very oatey and good.

                          1. Have you tried Uncle Eddies Vegan Oatmeal cookies? There are two oatmeal kinds, one is with raisin and the other with chocolate chip. Both are excellent. You can find them at Whole Foods.
                            http://www.uncleeddiesvegancookies.co...

                            1. I like the little Leeda's Oatmeal cookies!

                              1. You can get good oatmeal cookies at Lovebirds in Pasadena. These are big, basic oatmeal cookies, for $1 or so each.

                                1. Love the resurrection of this thread. My daughter's favorite oatmeal cookies are from the recipe on the Quaker Oats Oatmeal box/cylinder and I substitute a half cup of whole wheat flour for regular flour to make them slightly more nutritious. If you bake them to a golden brown on top they will have the requisite outer crunchiness melding with the chewy inside.

                                  I usually leave raisins out but have been known to add nuts and/or mini chocolate chips.

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                                  1. re: NAspy

                                    The oatmeal currant cookie at La Brea Bakery.

                                    1. re: NAspy

                                      My all-time favorite oatmeal cookies are in Nor Cal at Penninsula creamery... for some reason i've found if I beat orange zest into the butter and up the cinnamon by 50%, it tastes quite like those ones... whether or not it was orange and cinnamon I was tasting along with those rasins I don't know, but they're good...

                                    2. Joan's On Third for me.