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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. http://thebakelab.com/ 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.

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        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.

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

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                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...

              3. madame chocolat - massive slabs of couverture quality chocolate somehow embedded inside the cookie - yum......

                1. Snookies cookies in Burbank. Outstanding CCC that has a unique texture and buttery flavor in my opinion. Soft but not gooey or under cooked. Buttery with a fine texture that is between cake and cookie like. Hard to describe. This is a cookie to let melt in your mouth, one where you savor the feel of it as much as the taste.
                  I'm on a lifelong quest for the ultimate CCC and I have found none other than this is worth my mentioning.
                  They also have a terrific oatmeal choco chip cookie.

                  1. I just tried the cookies at Homegirl Cafe Downtown. Wow, they are fresh, not crispy but not soft, full of Chocolate Chips...Huge...and the best I have found in Los Angeles...and only $1.25 per cookie. They remind me of the place in Lake Arrowhead...Razzleberries...but better and cheaper. You must try them.

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                    1. re: RobertC

                      Ack! Homegirl Cafe has chcolate chip cookies for $1.25 and I missed them/! Eeek!

                      Must get there and buy some asap.

                    2. Portos.

                      They are not the best most elegant cookies - I'd never say that.

                      But they are GOOD. Cheap (I think under 50ยข a piece) and, most important - they taste real. Best when you keep them in the fridge and break off chilled hunks to chew with your morning coffee.

                      Not that I'd ever do that...

                      1. Try La Galleta, the little mom and pop cookie hut in Westwood. They're trying to compete with Diddy Riese by offering a truly homemade recipe also at 3 for $1. The choc chip cookies are good, but their specialty is lemon drop cookies and amazing Almond cookies. Also chewy coconut cookies. They don't usually bake them but if you call ahead you can order lemon-chocolate-chip or coconut chocolate chip.

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                        La Galleta
                        964 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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                        1. re: HaroldandMaude

                          La Galleta is on the east side of Gayley, just down from the In'n'Out.

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                          La Galleta
                          964 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                          1. re: HaroldandMaude

                            La Galleta has (sadly) been closed for awhile. Another higher-end little bakeshop has opened in it's place. Good shortbread and pecan squares.

                          2. Curious Palate on Venice (and now in Santa Monica Place Mall I guess) serves great chocolate chip cookies with dark chocolate discs and sea salt. Mmmmmm.

                            The Village Idiot on Melrose is not a bakery, but they have AMAZING big soft chocolate chip cookies the size of your HEAD. I have stopped by to JUST get the cookie (they look at you weird but it's worth it)

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                            Village Idiot
                            7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                            The Curious Palate
                            395 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                            1. I don't remember specifics, and I know it's against the law to endorse a chain, but the chocolate chip cookies at Souplantation are amazing. Not really soft, but delicious, and if I remember correctly, rather cheap for a baggy of them.

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                              1. re: Rosiepigs

                                I find them awfully sweet. They're ok ... but one bite and I've done my quota for the year.

                                And I say that being an unabashed fan of Souplantation.

                                1. re: Rosiepigs

                                  imho, the key to enjoying the souplantation cookies is eating them when they just come out of the oven.
                                  if you take one home and eat it 5 hours later in front of the TV, it is a completely different (and i don't mean good different) experience.

                                2. My recent favorite chocolate chip cookies are from:

                                  1) Technique (the corner cafe by Le Cordon Bleu) in Pasadena -- it's big, delicious and only 85 cents!

                                  2) Paradise Cookies food truck -- chewy and crisp! Just tried it for the first time last week at the South Pasadena Farmers Market.

                                  3) Trader Joe's Highbrow Chocolate Chip Cookies -- not chewy, just crisp. Upscale flavor and addicting.

                                  I don't like cookies that are too sweet either.

                                  1. i like the chewy and chocolate-y ones at gjelina take away

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                                    Gjelina
                                    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                                    1. An update for me. Still #1 for me is Snookies Cookies. I recently tried a couple places recommended in this thread.
                                      Le Pain Quotidien was huge and flat as described but I found it lacking in flavor and rather dull. The chocolate chips were probably good quality and tasted good when included in a bite. Was a very expensive cookie at $3.65 and I would not buy it again.
                                      Also tried Bakelabs. Was a mail order for me. The cookies arrived individually sealed in plastic. These cookies lacked flavor including any chocolate flavor, so the chips were either of low quality or the plastic wrapping sapped the life out of the cookies.
                                      Also tried Portos. These were terrific cookies that tasted very close to a homebaked tollhouse cookie. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate flavor and good chewy dough.

                                      1. Sugar Fix on Raymond in Old Town Pasadena has great chocolate chip cookies, and choc chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. Great, friendly place with good cupcakes, too.

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                                        1. re: jackattack

                                          Cookie Good has the most amazing pretzel chocolate cookies. Salty and Sweet. They are pretty amazing and by far the best cookie I have ever tasted. You have to order in advance and they will ship to you or you can pick up direct from the bakery. Amazing!

                                          http://cookiegood.com/index.htm

                                        2. had a really GREAT chocolate chip cookie from Sinners n Saints on Lincoln (near Washington) in Venice. Still a bit warm from the oven, loaded with chips, not too sweet.....no nuts and I'm not sure if they also sell cookies with nuts. Crispy edges, chewy center, just the perfect cookie. $1.00 each and didn't want to fight the traffic to go back for more (it was 6pm)...but next time I think I'll call and order a dozen , will certainly score me some points at the office.

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                                          1. re: HaroldandMaude

                                            Bad location but you can park on Grant or Harrison. They do some nice stuff there.

                                          2. That link didn't work for me. Are they still in business?

                                              1. re: JeMange

                                                Had it this weekend; it was lovely. Although it seems to be more of a chocolate chunk cookie (not complaining).

                                                1. re: paranoidgarliclover

                                                  Yeah, the place is on the pricey side but they deliver the goods.

                                                  1. re: JeMange

                                                    Didn't do a direct comparo, but my impression is that the food might be slightly cheaper than Huckleberry? They both fall into the pricey-but-good category for me.

                                                    Also had the financier (YUM!), croque monsieur (which would've been tastier had it been warmed up and had it not had slices of tomato [???] on it). Croissant (almond only) was, of course, wonderful. This was *after* I had 2 fish tacos at Ricky's....

                                                2. re: JeMange

                                                  Proof bakery, Atwater Village
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                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                    Misfits cookies are quite good. And that's no joke.

                                                    Didn't someone once say that The Ivy made some really great cookie.

                                                    Can't remember .....

                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                      Even a bad chocolate chip cookie is still mighty fine.

                                                      Sort of like with egg tarts ...

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        Ivy's chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. Just the right size.

                                                  2. deluscious on highland, by a furlong, and they deliver with milk.

                                                    As DWEO or Kevin might say...NEXT!

                                                    1. I think the chocolate chip at Milk Jar Cookies is really great.