National Chocolate Chip Day gives Americans one more reason to celebrate their sweet tooth. Bakeries and cafes throughout Los Angeles have created sensational desserts to honor the sweet chip. Whether eaten straight from the Nestle Toll House bag bought in the market or devoured in freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, this widely used ingredient certainly satisfies. Chefs and bakers alike understand why this morsel of pure chocolate is so appealing.
Short Cake Bakery Cafe
6333 W. 3rd St., Stall #316
Los Angeles, CA 90036
At Short Cake Bakery Café, chocolate chip lovers will experience the time-honored tradition of the chocolate chip cookie. The bakery's pastry chef Hourie Sahakian, one of LA's most promising culinary leaders who was recently honored with ZAGAT's "30 Under 30" award, created this special cookie recipe using the highest quality ingredients including Straus Family Creamery Organic Butter and TCHO chocolate from San Francisco. Each disc of chocolate is placed in the cookie by hand to guarantee the perfect chocolate-to-cookie ratio. Cookies are $2 each.
GO Burger Bar & Grill
6290 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
The cookie monster shake at GO Burger is just what National Chocolate Chip Day is all about. Made of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and "America's favorite" original Chips Ahoy Cookies, the cookie monster shake at $7 is an excellent choice and decadent dessert. Famous for its creative milkshake concoctions (spiked for adults if they please) and the burgers of course, GO Burger's casual but modern restaurant makes for a fun outing on the Sunset strip.
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514 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Taking cues from Mo-Chica's Peruvian cuisine, chef Ricardo Zarate offers a South American spin on the classic chocolate chip cookie. The alfajores dessert at $6 is a soft, chewy cookie made with dulce de leche and rocoto chocolate ganache. Zarate's modern interpretation gives guests comfort, tradition and sweetness in every bite. From the restauranteurs behind the esteemed Picca restaurant, Mo-Chica's modern menu and vibrant setting brings diners to an urban LA atmosphere.
713 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
For authentic Italian gelato, the neighborhood cafe on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica is a best bet. Located next door to its parent Spumoni Café, the gelateria's creamy and rich vanilla chocolate chip is reason to celebrate every day of the year. Served in traditional colorful cups, the gourmet Italian desserts are available in several freshly made flavors including these favorites: pistachio, Nutella, coffee and chocolate.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza
2018 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Complementing the regular menu, Pitfire's smothered cookie for $4.95 is the ultimate favorite dessert for guests of all ages. The warm chocolate chunk cookie comes topped with Straus Family Creamery soft serve, hazelnuts and a choice of toppings, including housemade salted caramel sauce, bittersweet chocolate sauce and/or Maldon sea salt. This cookie dessert is one of those treats that will be challenging to share.
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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