Croissants in St. Paul
The searches I've done have turned up mostly places in Minneapolis, but what do you guys recommend for someone who doesn't feel like taking a trip across the river.I'm looking for real croissants at a reasonable price.
Cupcake is in Minneapolis, but it's on the St. Paul side of the river and is only a few blocks inside the city border. Their croissants are pretty good. The cupcakes are even better.
3338 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
I really like Trung Nam's croissants. They're on University Avenue in St. Paul, the place with the chain link fence and the sign with the Eiffel Tower. I think they're $1.40 each.
EDIT: the $1.40 price is for the chocolate ones. They also come in blueberry and strawberry and some other flavors I can't recall. I'm sure the plain ones are cheaper.
Trung Nam French Bakery
739 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
re: St Paul Susie
Yes, Trung Nam is totally worth the stop! They are open Mon-Sat from about 8am-1pm, but get there early--11am is pretty safe-- because once they run out, they're done for the day. I was there at 11:30am on a weekday recently and they only had one bahn mi sandwich left. He told me that they sell their sandwiches for resale to all kinds of restaurants and groceries up and down University Ave (I asked which ones, and he rattled the names of about a zillion Vietnamese places so quickly I couldn't retain any of them...) and the restaurants often just buy them completely out.
When I'm running late for work in the morning (meaning, it's near to 8am when I leave the house), I often stop by Trung Nam to get a croissant for breakfast and a bahn mi sandwich for lunch. The sandwiches are premade and wrapped in butcher paper. They only make one variety of sandwich every day, but they are very good (not as good as Saigon) and are only $2.25.
Their super crusty baguettes are good, too. Again, they supply baguettes to restaurants all over town.
Their Vietnamese coffee is good, too, though, I'm not a coffee expert, so who knows.
The French place on Randolph just East of Snelling is called Patisserie, if you're thinking of the same place I'm thinking--I haven't had much good luck there, either, but, I'm stingy, I guess, and have only given them a couple of chances. AnneInMpls said they had a pastry chef in (from Germany?) for awhile and that it was good then...
re: The Dairy Queen
100% second on Trung Nam. Their croissants are so light and flaky and buttery - so good!
I've only eaten a croissant (strawberry filled) from La Patisserie once, and it was when they just opened, but I recall enjoying it quite a bit. But Trung Nam's better and cheaper.
I guess if you want ambience to eat your croissant in, La Patisserie might win out though - Trung Nam is pretty stark.
Another vote for Trung Nam. They are wonderful; the owner are great too. I stopped by at 7:30 on a weekday to get some croissants for an early meeting, not realizing they don't open until 8:00. The owner let me in through the kitchen door and I got my croissants. Try the coconut ones. All are $1.40,
The croissants at Bread and Chocolate are very good if you are on Grand Ave. (It's at Victoria Crossing).
I was not impressed by the one time I tried them at the Patisserie on Randolph.
If you're willing to try both sides of the river, here are two suggestions.
I have always liked the croissants at the Franklin Street Bakery.
And in this month's Rake magazine the baker at Lucia's says that the croissants at the Mayday Cafe are "flaky and perfect." Cannot confirm that, though: they were out when I tried to get one on Saturday.
Franklin Street Bakery
1020 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
May Day Cafe
3440 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407