Best truly French croissants in Berkeley?
- Kitchen Imp Aug 16, 2006 07:41 AM
Can anyone tell me where I can get the most Parisian croissants possible in Berkeley? Price ranges? I'd like to give a French expat a taste of home.
I'm going to third it: La Farine. I'm also going to second the opinion that their croissants (La Farine) are better than the average Parisian croissant. Also, one of you ought to have a morning bun, while you're there. Sensational.
Acme makes a great ham and cheese turnover that is croissant-like.
The croissants I had when last in France mostly left much to be desired. They were over-crispy, i.e., dried out or over-bready. I had a couple of good ones in Bordeaux and none in Paris, Marseilles or Nice.
I fourth La Farine. I've never been to the one on Solano, only the Oakland one. Is it the same owner?
Aaah, Bordeaux. In that round plaza in front of the cathedral with the flea market
and the basketball court, over on the other side there's a tiny little bakery run by
a friendly woman who laughs with you not at you when you try to speak her language
and who makes what as far as I know is the finest croissant on earth.
But that's not Paris. If I had a Parisian friend in town, I'd consider stopping by Masse's
for some sweets and then strolling down to the French Hotel for a couple of espressos
to accompany them. Or if it was someone I wanted to keep here I'd take them to
La Farine in the morning for a hot-from-the-oven morning bun. They're almost
but just barely not quite better than that place in Bordeaux.