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Feb 2, 2001 08:46 PM

Almond Croissant Heaven

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If my Auntie Ruby says these are the best croissants outside Paris, it must be true. I finally got over to Boulange de Polk (Polk @ Green) to check it out. The almond croissant is indeed as good as claimed, maybe better. Many layered and flaky crisp, sticky almond paste and topped with lots of crunchy sliced almonds. Not one of those big puff ball pretenders.

Can't wait to try more of the pastries here. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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  1. Yes, I love this place, too! The baguettes, croissants, petits pains that burst with fruity, crunchy additions like walnut/raisin and green onion/feta, and the gateau du chocolat fondu is decadence for the chocolate lover!

    One item that didn't enthrall me there was the tartes (artichoke/feta, etc.), but maybe it just wasn't the kind of denser, richer, Alsatian tarte I had expected.

    I also like the small tables inside and outside and the convivial atmosphere for enjoying a morning cafe au lait. Good recommendation, Melanie!

    4 Replies
    1. re: Kara Elise
      Melanie Wong

      I've only been there once and every one of the 3 people behind the counter had a French accent. Is this usual? I really liked the vibe there too.

      On reflection, this almond croissant was actually better than any my last trip to paris. Only the ones served for breakfast in Gevrey-Chambertin saved mother France's reputation.

      So much deliciousness for $1.75.

      While we're on the subject, have you found a good Alsatian onion tart or tarte flambé in town? there's an Alsatian bistro in San Rafael I've been meaning to check out . . .

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Haven't found any yet. Thanks for the tip for the San Rafael Alsatian bistro -- can't wait to check it out!

        1. re: Kara Elise
          Melanie Wong

          I'll be interested in your take. Haven't been there myself. Here's a link to an IJ review.


        2. re: Melanie Wong

          And, yes, this place is always teeming with French, on both sides of the counters.

          Same owners as Bay Bread (Pine/Fillmore), and I think several other places...

      2. My wife works a couple of blocks from there. She lived in Paris for two years so knows how such goodies are supposed to taste. She started raving about this place a couple of months ago and has brought home the occasional care package for Saturday breakfast.

        Best croissant I've had in the Bay Area (so far). Only place I've found better ones is Lenotre in the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.