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Providence: Where to find a good croissant?

02903 Sep 3, 2007 05:28 PM

Anyone have the inside scoop?

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    celeriac RE: 02903 Sep 3, 2007 06:07 PM

    Seven Stars? Or does that not do it for you?

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      ccferg RE: celeriac Sep 3, 2007 06:59 PM

      Those are the best I've found. There used to be a real French bakery on Hope St -- does anyone remember that? -- but that I believe has long since gone. Their croissants were to die from. As good as any as I had in France.

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        dogloverv2 RE: ccferg Sep 4, 2007 04:47 AM

        Maybe they closed because too many customers ordered croissants. (No seconds.)

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          jgl RE: ccferg Sep 4, 2007 07:28 AM

          Do you mean the one that used to be where Not Just Snacks is now? It really was good, if I'm remembering correctly. When we moved into that neighborhood around 1999, or so, I remember being excited that we were within walking distance. I didn't end up going as much as I wanted, though, and then, not too long afterwards, it was gone. Seven Stars probably is the best bet nowadays, at least as far as I know.

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            ccferg RE: jgl Sep 4, 2007 10:05 AM

            Yeah, it was there for a while, but in its hey day it was further down Hope St. They used to make bread and croissants -- and the people who ran it were very French. I can't remember the name anymore.

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              Bob W RE: ccferg Sep 4, 2007 10:16 AM

              That was the perfectly named French Pastry Shop. Great-aunt Pearl used to take us in there for petit fours: mini-eclairs (chocolate AND coffee, this being RI after all), napoleons, and little fruit tarts (pear, apricot, pineapple, mandarin orange...). And let's not forget they also had Hall of Fame quality palmiers. And little tins of pastilles on the counter.

              In short, simply the best. We didn't know from croissants back then but I'm sure they were spectacular.

              Childhood memories don't come much better than this!

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                ccferg RE: Bob W Sep 4, 2007 01:14 PM

                I only knew about croissants back then (early '60s) because my parents made the mistake of sending me to France for a summer in high school to live with a family. I came back with a taste for Gauloise cigarettes (I was 15 at the time), wine and croissants. (And I insisted on having my morning coffee in a bowl with hot milk.) Sadly, my French didn't improve much. I think my parents always regretted that investment in my education. But I became devoted to the French Pastry Shop (how did I forget the name?).

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                ladyd712 RE: ccferg Jan 20, 2013 12:30 PM

                the name was Le Petit Four - and they the best croissants and petit fours I ever had - miss them.

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          madgee RE: 02903 Sep 4, 2007 11:55 AM

          We find the Seven Stars croissant disappointing, actually, mainly because at 8 in the morning they don't feel as fresh as they should. The dough is too tight and old tasting. This is based on a multitude of tastings, not a one-time flop. We keep going back because it is still better than anywhere else, and it's in walking distance, and you can sit outside -- funny reasons ;-) Heard from a friend/neighbor that a small Portuguese bakery off of Ives St. has excellent croissants but apparently you need to grab them really early in the morning -- too early for us so far.

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            02903 RE: madgee Sep 4, 2007 03:54 PM

            I agree on 7 stars. They just don't do it for me, and I feel that there are much better options there. Which bakery on ives?

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              madgee RE: 02903 Sep 5, 2007 04:15 PM

              I think it is Silver Star Bakery on Ives. If you do try their croissants, let us know your impressions! We have yet to try them simply because of schedules...

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                celeriac RE: madgee Sep 5, 2007 04:40 PM

                Hmmm. Silver Star is a Portuguese bakery and makes a good (not great) sweet bread... I definitely don't recall their other pastries being worth eating. I would be happy to be wrong about that though.

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                  madgee RE: celeriac Sep 5, 2007 05:40 PM

                  Right. As I said, we've never tried their croissants (or anything there for that matter) but have heard from a neighbor that those are good. Only one way to find out!

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                    celeriac RE: madgee Sep 5, 2007 06:29 PM

                    oops. sorry, i somehow missed your original post...

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                    Bob W RE: celeriac Sep 6, 2007 11:00 AM

                    celeriac: In your esteemed opinion, who makes the best sweet bread these days in Providence? I'd like to pick up a loaf on my next visit to Prov. Last time I swung by Silver Star but it was a Sunday and they were closed.

                    As a RI old-timer my point of reference for sweet bread is, of course, the late lamented Fariah's on Wickenden St.

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                    dougjgreen RE: madgee Jul 20, 2013 12:28 PM

                    25 years ago, I used to own a condo in the building next to Le Petit Four on the East Side of Providence, on the last cross street between Hope and Blackstone. I would wake up EVERY morning to the fresh aroma of the baking from that wonderful place, and I must have bought stuff (either croissants or quiches) every 2-3 days. That place was a gem. I'm sorry to hear that it's no longer there - that place, and Big Alice Ice Cream were my two favorite hangouts in Providence. I also used to get sweet bread from Faria's

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                LMWW RE: 02903 Sep 5, 2007 12:24 PM

                Having spent considerable time in France, I can tell you that you won't find a true French croissant here in Providence. But with that said, I've actually really enjoyed those from Olga's - they're fresh, nice and buttery - but light at the same time.

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                  Alica RE: 02903 Jul 21, 2013 07:01 AM

                  If you are ever in Westerly Vesta bakery has a very good croissant.

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