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Fools at Diddy Riese Cookies in Westwood

Saturday afternoon at 2pm I counted between 80 and 90 people in line at Diddy Riese Cookies in Westwood. I like those cookies, but they aren't worth a half hour wait in my opinion. Not when La Galleta is just a block away (on Gayley next to In & Out Burger).

La Galleta has empanadas, sandwiches, bread pudding and ice cream...on Saturday they had peanut butter cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip and cinnamon sugar cookies on display. But the real find here is the iced lemon cookies, and the chewy coconut cookies. And the new almond cookies are even better than their two signature cookies in my opinion. I should have gotten more of these. This is my 2nd visit to La Galletta since they opened last year and they've improved and gotten even better.

All cookies are 3 for a buck and one of the best bakery bargains in town considering the taste, freshness and quality. The clerk told me that they don't get a ton of walk-in business because of their hidden location, but that offices in the area have discovered them and that they do a lot of orders for 2-3 dozen cookies for area businesses.

Walk past all the fools in line at Diddy Riese and give La Galleta a try. Nice little mom and pop business. My co-workers this morning are in heaven, raving about these cookies (especially the almond cookies) even though they are almost two days old by now. Call ahead if you want a dozen or more, they'll cook 'em up fresh for you to pick up in a half hour.

La Galleta 964 Gayley Avenue Westwood near UCLA (310) 824-1212

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    1. Cash only, so beware.

      I went there a while ago, everything looked and smelled great, but the dude told that they didn't have a CC machine yet. He comped me a coconut cookie and told him to pay him back later when I had cash.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        They've been taking credit cards for a while now, I guess they got tired of comping cookies to the likes of ipsedixit.

        1. re: jackattack

          LOL . . . ipsedixit . . . XD . . . it seems like they have sandwiches and better prices too.

      2. What a great tip. I will make it over there today without a doubt.

        1. I feel like this is part two of this thread from a year ago. I think we scared away sillygoosedown :(

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/691867

          Mr Taster

          1. Thanks for the tip, jackattack. I often walk by Diddy Reese, shake my head at the looooooong lines and go without my desert. My waistline is probably better, but it damns you for letting us know about La Galleta. <Shakes fist!>

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            La Galleta
            964 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024