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Feb 11, 2004 11:17 PM

The best almond croissant in SF?

  • m

Where are peoples' favorites? My valentine loves them and I'd score lots of points by getting her a great one for breakfast this weekend! Criteria are of course flaky and buttery. Plus a good amount of almond paste. They don't have to be too huge -- quality over size!

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  1. The best almond croissant I've ever tasted was at Chou Chou Bakery Bistro, at 400 Dewey Blvd. off Laguna Honda. On the recommendations from this board, I tried their almond croissant and was instantly hooked. These croissants are not as flaky as most but it was very moist and the filling is devine! I didn't care for their fruit tarts, thought. The crusts were too sweet. Margret

    1. Cafe XO on Church and 30th (I believe) sells amazing croissants that are made in bakery on Martket St - I forget the name. I broke my diet and devoured one, but it was worth every calorie.

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      1. re: Mari
        ChowFun (derek)

        Could that Market St. bakery be "DeLessio's"?
        If so, I have always thought that they had the flakiest/crunchiest and chewiest plain croissants in San Francisco..(and very good sized!)
        I always have these with their home made strawberry vanilla bean confiture!!!
        They have almond and chocolate croissants, but I haven't tried them yet...maybe this morning!

        1. re: ChowFun (derek)

          Yes - it is DeLessio's. Thanks

          1. re: Mari

            More thoughts on DeLessio's croissants below.

            Whatever you do, don't get one from Franciscan Croissants at Sutter and Grant. I just had an almond croissant there the other day. They nuked it before handing it to me. And it had a slight odor of rancid butter. Bleck.


            1. re: nja

              You caught me at my didactic best (or worst) there, Nick!

              I have to say I still think DeLessio has the best croissants around, although Acme in the Ferry Building are darn good (and importantly, walking distance from my office).

              Have I mentioned the Acme cinnamon rolls? They're made with croissant dough and they're fabulous -- they barely make it out of the building, let alone all the way to my desk.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                When are these cin rolls at acme available?

                1. re: sailorbuoy

                  we had them yesterday.they are very good. real chewy and full of cinnamin.

                  1. re: sailorbuoy

                    Good question. I think they make a batch in the morning and when they're gone, they're gone. And of course they run out faster on busy days (like Farmers' market days).

              2. re: Mari
                ChowFun (derek)

                Just went over there for lunch...they have an AMAZING prepared "salad" bar...great stuff.
                but I also had an almond croissant which was crispy crunchy chewy and then almond liquidy. wonderful textures and flavors!
                The things we do for Chowhound!

          2. For my money the best almond crossiant can be found at any of the Pascal Rigo's boulangerie's.

            There's one on Polk Street b/tw Union & Filbert where I frequent. There's several in the City depending on where you are in The City. I think they are better than the chocolate ones--and I'm a certified chocolate freak.

            1. Boulange de Cole Valley on Cole has really great ones. Flaky, buttery and the best almond paste not that overly almond extract flavor that some have. I have not tried the others mentioned. I live in the area and I have friends that request I bring one to them when I go to their houses.

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              1. re: Lori SF

                That bakery is owned by the same person who owns Bay Bread on Pine St. (at Fillmore) and Boulange de Polk (at Green), in case one of these is more geographically convenient. The plain croissant at Boulange de Polk a few Sundays ago was shockingly dry and flavorless, but the almond croissants at both are good, and while you're there, you could also get a little box of colorful macarons. If she likes almond paste, she'll probably like these almond-paste cookies, too.

              2. Tartine, Tartine, say it again.... Tartine!!! In the Mission, right across the corner from Platanos. I don't even like almond paste & I couldn't stop eating my friend's almond croissant.

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                1. re: duvillage

                  I just had an almond croissant at Tartine, and it was ice cold, not that fresh, and thus only mediocre. In the past, they've been hot and fresh, and really spectacular. Guess I should have gotten there earlier..

                  1. re: duvillage

                    I love Tartine but the last few times I've gotten the almond croissants they've been burned and dry. I am a bigger fan of the croissants at Boulange Cole Valley.