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Croissant? Where art thou?

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Fellow Chouhound:

I have searched Boston high and low for a decent croissant. You all know what I'm looking for. That diet busting buttery, flaky delight that you can find in any street cafe in France. Not the heavy, poor imposters flogged by most bakers in the States (with berries, jam, cheese or other Bowdlerisations similarly inflicted on the bagel when they can't make a good imitation of the NY or Montreal styles).

No not those imposters and abominations but the kind that accompanies a bowl of cafe au lait while you gaze from your table at the world drifting by. THE REAL THING. Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to help me find the real thing.

I did have a very good one in some little bakery (run be a French couple) on the South Shore (Cohasset, I think- I'll get the name and post it) but now I'm in Newton and really want to find a baker to regularly provision my weekend breakfast.

Any suggestions? Have apetite, will travel (30 minutes).

Thanks
Paladin

P.S. It would be great if they did a real baguette too!

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  1. Hounds:

    I remembered the Cohasset bakery its called "French Memories". Very good Croissant and wonderful pastries of all kinds. 60 South Main Street Cohasset, MA 02025 781-383-2216. Enjoy.

    Paladin

    1. Give Carberry's In either Cambridge or Somerville a try, I prefer the Somerville Location, a little more spacious than the one in Cambridge. I have had the crossiant there and it is very good,the one you describe does sound really good though,If you find another place let us know.

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      1. re: ScoobieSnack
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        Heathen & Spells

        A quick aside as it relates to Carberry's (cambridge )croissant. I work at a physics lab where we do research on weekends. A visiting researcher from france commented that the Carberry's Croissant that he tried was the first one he had found in america that reminded him of home!!!! ( by the way he was living in NYC as he was @ columbia ). I think that they are pretty good as well.

      2. Two thoughts:

        1) Flour

        a bakery on Washington Street in the South End.

        I once bought a croissant here and drove it three hours to my parent's home in Connecticut just so they could try what I consider to be one of the best croissants I've ever had. It fits your description of great croissant perfectly.

        2) Iggy's

        A little heavier than the Flour variety, but easier to find. Available at Iggy's itself (in Watertown maybe?) and at many gourmet shops like Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge.

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        1. re: Simon

          Iggy's is off of Arlington St. in Watertown. Near the Arsenal Mall. They also have great bread. Grab a sticky bun too while you're there. Actually everything they do is great.

        2. The Savoy Bakery on Beacon St. outside of Kenmore Sq. has pretty good croissants but I don't think they bake as many as they used to and they sell out quickly. We sometimes order ahead for Fri. morning lab meeting. Clearflour in Brighton/Brookline has decent ones too. There's a French bakery in Brookline Village across from the new CVS and theirs look good but I've never had one. You still won't think you're in Paris tho.

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          1. re: Joanie

            I agree that Savoy has had good croissants in the past; their chocolate cakes were some of the best. Recently, however, the cakes have not been as good. I don't know about the croissants.

          2. Don't know if it's still there, but there was a great little bakery in West Newton square, just a couple of doors down from the movie theater, which had amazing (!) croissants.

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            1. re: Alan H

              West newton no more