Located up the block from Stan's Donuts in UCLA's famed Westwood Village, family-owned Diddy Riese Cookies has been a neighborhood mainstay since 1983. And in those years, they have developed a loyal following among their clientele -- celebrity, student, corporate honcho, or tourist -- as well as a reputation for serving up quality products, including ten varieties of cookies, twelve premium Dreyers ice cream flavors, real Hawaiian shaved ice, and chocolatly brownies.
The most popular item on the menu, oddly enough, is not one thing, but one thing done many different ways. Their "customized" ice cream sandwich allows a person to mix-n-match any two cookies with one ice cream flavor. Anyone willing to try a scoop of butter pecan between a sugar cinnamon and an oatmeal raisin cookie?
Our choice, a scoop of espresso chip squished inside two double chocolate chip cookies with nuts. I know, not very adventurous, but we still got our buzz on!