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Sep 19, 2007 09:46 AM

Good French Pastry?

Anybody got a line on some good "breakfast" pastry....croissants, palmiers, etc...Main Line/KOP/Philly area? ....Should have good coffee, too.

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  1. Strawberry Bakery in a strip mall on Rt 30, Frazier, is pretty good for breakfast pastries and croissants. Don't recall if I've seen palmiers there, and have'nt had coffee there, but saw they sell it. My only complaint is that the baker, who is French, puts a sweet glaze on everything.

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    1. re: Liz K

      Ditto on the sweet glaze, Liz. The pastries are generally pretty good, but I have on occasion bought some eclairs where the cream had turned. He doesn't seem to carefully check that the stock is still fresh. At least not all the time.

      A better place is Aux Petits Delices (or is it singular) in Wayne. That, by the way, is where the owner of Strawberry Bakery used to work. It's a lot further for us, but the quality is better.


        1. re: FrancisdeR

          I agree with Aux Petits Delices, but I always thought the owner was a Le Bec Fin graduate.
          Another good place is Viking Pastry in Ardmore.

      1. My vote for the best french pastries in the area is Le Petit Mitron in Narberth. It's truly outstanding. Aux Petits Delices in Wayne is also very good. Both sell coffee. Viking in Ardmore has some good breakfast items, but it's not a patisserie by any stretch. Metropolitan and LeBus also make good croissants, but they closed their Main Line shops and I don't know where to find them any more.

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        1. re: vicarious

          I agree- the very best croissants are at Le Petit Mitron- plus they serve La Columbe coffee which is a bonus. La Columbe shops in Manayunk and center city (19th and Walnut area) also serve the croissants made by Le Petit.

          I love the cheese pockets and palmiers from Viking- YUM!

          I actually like the pastries and coffee at the chain Au Bon Pain (shocking, I know) and Corner Bakery (locations in KOP and Suburban square) is not bad for a chain also.

          1. re: vicarious

            Le Bus has a shop in the Reading Terminal Market.

          2. For the "philly area" part of your question, Artisian Boulangier (forgive my possibly incorrect spelling) is at 12th and Morris (at Passyunk) in South Philly. Great croissant - I don't eat the other pastry but others rave.

            1. Metropolitan Bakery (which has a few locations in center and university city, I believe) has pretty rockin croissants. I know because I used to be addicted to buying an almond croissant with my coffee at least once a week from Gia Pronto. The owner at Gia orders their pastries from a few different city bakeries.

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              1. re: potroastcat

                We just had some pastries from Metropolitan in Reading Terminal and they were really good- sour cream and cherry danish/croissant was yummy!