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The best almond croissant in SF?

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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.

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            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.

                  2. boulangerie baybread is the best!

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                    1. re: Jen H.

                      Tartine bakery for sure! They stuff it with almond paste and it's so flaky and delicious!

                      1. re: pumakat

                        i picked up an almond croissant from tartine this morning. i've enjoyed their regular croissants as well as the ham and cheese ones, but this one was a bit too browned. the outer shell seemed almost burnt. plus when i ripped an end off, the croissant separated cleanly in half, as if split open by a bread knife. it tasted good, sure, and in the mission i can't think of anywhere else to get a decent croissant of any sort, but for the price i was a little disappointed. i also picked up one of their open-faced croque monsieurs, and was surprised at the price for that as well. thought i could just make it at home, but when i wake up i don't feel like making bechamel sauce. but still...

                        1. re: augustiner

                          Almond croissants are often made by splitting a croissant in half with a knife. Traditionally, almond croissants are made with croissants left over from the day before that are split open, stuffed with almond paste, and then rebaked (sort of like twice baked potatoes).

                          BTW, the best almond croissant I've ever had was from Feel Good Bakery in Alameda.

                    2. I consider myself an almond croissant addict and I agree with most of the recommendations:
                      Boulange in Cole Valley
                      Cafe XO (you have to get there early -- they also make great muffins and I hate muffins)

                      have not had the ones at DeLessio's but I LOVE that bakery so it doesn't surprise me that they make a great croissant (have you tried their lemon meringue pies?!)

                      but I work near a Cafe Madeline and so that's where I get them most often... always flaky and never too much paste. mmmm

                      1. I really like the ones made by PANoRAMA Bakery but maybe I'm not serious enough in my quest for the best.

                        I'm thinking an almond croissant tasting (contest) is in order.

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                        1. re: scarmoza

                          I just visited your fair city this last weekend from the Chicago area. On our first cab ride in SF, the cab driver turned out to be a wanna-be food writer who insisted that we write down his many recommendations. He was very high on Tartine. We made a special stop before hitting the airport yesterday. I had the bread pudding and an almond croissant. The bread pudding was great, but the almond croissant was the best I've ever had, and I've had a lot.

                          I took a banana cream tart to go that I had for breakfast this morning. That was only ehhhh. It did however spend several hours in transit and sat in the fridge all night.

                          I plan on hitting Tartine when I'm back in SF.

                        2. I've eaten alot of crossaints. Been to Baybread and Tartine too (love the pecan buns and other treats at Baybread). But, my favorite crossiants are the flaky ones from Toot Sweet in Berkeley. Well worth the drive to Gilman street for a taste test.

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                          1. re: myst

                            For me, it's either Bay Bread (was just at Fillmore on Sat) or Tartine (was just there yesterday/Sun). I could just live forever on their almond croissants.