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Jun 10, 2011 08:12 PM

Chocolate Chip Cookie

No doubt this has been discussed before, but I'd like to get the current pulse of where Chowhounds go for their favorite chocolate chip cookie.

Whether it's old school basic chocolate chip, or fusion-y with added flavors, or with nuts, or whatever, as long as it is a chocolate chip cookie of some sort.

I think my current favorite might be Bakelab in Inglewood. It's this perfectly chewy cookie where the center is gooey, like being soft and al dente simultaneously, but the cookie itself has a nice crusty -- almost crunchy -- edge to it, so that if you have to think twice about biting into it if you've got loose dentures.

And what's also nice about it is that it's not too sweet. Oh sure, it's sweet in the sense that it's still a cookie and a dessert cookie at that. But it's not ickly sweet, like a Diddy Reese cookie. It's a nice restrained sweetness where you can actually taste the darn chocolate. Imagine that, a chocolate chip cookie where you can actually taste the chocolate.

What about you? Where do you go to get your favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie?

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  1. I like Julienne;s in San Marino. Lots of nuts and chocolate chips. Crispy and big, also a little pricey but well worth it. Also have lots of other flavors.

    1. gah, i hope more chime in. i've been yearning for a really good cookie lately. really tired of all these cupcakes...

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      1. re: catbert

        Me too. Chocolate Chip cookies without nuts are my weakness. I haven't found an outstanding one within five miles of Century City.

      2. Thin, crisp, big and buttery at Le Pain Quotidien.

        Le Pain Quotidien
        451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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        1. re: wienermobile

          also, the pain quotidien cookie looks luscious as well.

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          1. The Larder at Tavern in Brentwood offers 3 delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies.
            1. Crispy
            2. Chewy
            3. No chocolate chips.
            I love them all, but somehow, that chocolate chip-free cookie tastes great and your kid or grandkid isn't a mess afterwards:) It's not a sugar cookie. It really is a chocolate chip cookie before you add the chocolate and it is so-o- good.

          2. OK, I know they are mass-produced and way underbaked. They are on the soft side and are quite mediocre. But they don't skimp on the chocolate and they are big and three for a buck! Yes, the lines have gotten ridiculous (though they might decrease now that UCLA is out) but they move fast. Yes, I speak of the famous or infamous Diddy Riesse. Note, if you put the cookies in the freezer, they crisp up.

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            1. re: nosh

              I agree with you. They are pretty bad cookies, but somehow they are addicting, you just can't eat one.
              Have you ever tried rebaking?

              1. re: paprkutr

                didn't find them addicting.
                spit out the first mouthful.
                never went back.

                on the other hand, the orange empanadas that you can get practically next door at La Galleta, which are stuffed with orange marmalade, are, imho, well worth the calories.

                La Galleta
                964 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

              2. re: nosh

                I personally don't see any need to be apologetic about liking Diddy Riese , and I'm guessing most other UCLA alumni would agree. If there were one standard for any food item, this site would be zzzzzzzzzz...