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Perfect Chocolate Croissant in SF?

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ciaogina Apr 24, 2002 10:54 PM

Hello! I've decided to jump in with a question/opinion survey for the first time. I'm on a quest for the best chocolate croissant or more appropriately--Chocolatine, the classic pain au chocolat. So far Citizen Cake (Grove & Octavia in Hayes Valley) is winning...the trick is the Schrafenberger chocolate with the right amount of butter without being to greasy and flaky brown....mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Any other spots I should check out? Thanks!

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    Stanley Stephan Apr 24, 2002 11:13 PM

    Bay Breads on Pine near Folsom.

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      jaweino Apr 24, 2002 11:19 PM

      Bay breads is Pine near Fillmore. While there check out Delanghe at the corner of Pine and Fillmore.

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      Stanley Stephan Apr 24, 2002 11:18 PM

      Sorry, that was Bay Breads on Pine at FILLMORE not Folsom. Try the lovely Quiche Lorraine while you are there with thick chucks of ham and buttery crust warm from the oven.

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        Tess Apr 25, 2002 06:06 PM

        The owners also have a place on Cole Street and on Polk. I believe both are called La Boulangerie. Great croissants.

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        Alexandra Apr 25, 2002 12:37 PM

        Though unbelievably cher (and yes, it's in Berkeley, not SF), the one at Cafe Fanny (made by Acme Breads, next door, I believe) is very good. I just can't believe the injustice - in Paris, one of the most expensive cities in the world, you can get a fabulous, perfect pain au chocolat for less than a buck. Here you have to pay 2 bucks for a mediocre one. Grumble, grumble.

        Cafe Fanny
        1603 San Pablo at Cedar/Hopkins
        Berkeley

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          Nathan Landau Apr 25, 2002 12:57 PM

          Another estimable East Bay chocolatine is at La Farine on College Ave. between 63rd St. and Alcatraz, in Oakland, just south of the Berkeley line. It's definitely a French thing--Montreal had great ones.

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            David Apr 25, 2002 03:10 PM

            Yes, La Farine is wonderful. Famous for their morning buns and the Victoria Tart is divine!

            David

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            Jim Apr 28, 2002 01:58 AM

            It's not in San Francisco but Point Reyes Station in West Marin. The Bovine Bakery has the most wonderful chocolate croissant. Flaky and not greasy and filled with so much chocolate that we refer to it as "pound au chocolate".

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