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Anyhow, I was just out for my latte fix, but as I went to pay the coffee guy I noticed these incredible-looking cookies under the glass cake dome.
"Are those chocolate chip?" I ask.
"They sure are," he smiles. "Just came out of the oven a half hour ago."
Sold! All-butter, with a crisp bottom, burnished edges, a dense centre full of melting chocolate, and all at not too sinful a size -- it made my day.
But I had to make sure it wasn't a fluke. So, fast-forward to later that week, I return to Ella's Uncle for another smooth organic latte and one more round of those killer cookies. I notice some oatmeal raisin, a couple of fruity looking scones, peanut butter cookies, but no chocolate chip. I am crestfallen. Crestfallen!
"Um, don't you have any chocolate chip cookies today?" I ask, hopefully.
"We sure do," he points to a cookie sheet cooling in the open kitchen behind him. "Fresh from the oven."
Okay, it's declaration time: I hereby crown Ella's Uncle's cookies to be the new chocolate chip cookie kings of Toronto. Le Gourmand, your oversized cookies, riddled as they are with chocolate chunks, an almost raw centre and toasty exterior, have had a good run. But it's time to pass the torch.
Latte: $2.75, cookie, $1.50
Pro: They have Ovaltine!
Con: There are a handful of stools, an al fresco bench and even free WiFi, but it's not really a space that encourages hang time.