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Dec 6, 2007 02:03 PM

chocolate croissants in OC or LA

Where do I find awesome chocolate croissants in OC or LA? I mean, not the pathetic imitation with a smidgen of chocolate encased in a greasy, doughy dishelved mess --- but the authentic version laden with delicious, but not overly sweet chocolate.

Sock it to me.

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  1. If for some reason you do not want to leave you home in the morning. Try Trader Joes Frozen Choclate Croissants. 4 in a box for $3.99 Its a tasty treat for my 10 year old in the mornings.. I just take 1 out the night before and let it proof in a pan overnight ( top of the stove is fine) . In the morning I preheat the oven at 350 and cook for 14 minutes.. Box says 20 -25 but 14 works great for us.. Brush with a beaten egg for a more delicate crust.
    Otherwise I have heard that there is a great place near Pico and LaCienega ( few blocks West ) that has the best in town. Its not Maison du Pain but closer to that old school chinese resto there ( does any one know of this spot?? )

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    1. re: Foodandwine

      The best I have had was at le Pain du jour(Santa Monica).

      1. re: mrsjoujou

        I love everything at le Pain du Jour. Oddly enough, (I say oddly, because there is not much good food to be had in the Palisades) a la
        tart makes an excellent pain du chocolat

        1. re: mrsjoujou

          Have to agree, Pain du Jour's pastries are just like in Paris. From the eclair, to the croissant, to the baguette, its a bit of Paris in Santa Monica,

        2. re: Foodandwine

          Do you mean Delice Bakrey, the kosher bakery on Pico?

          1. re: highforpie

            many kosher bakeries do not use butter.
            that would certainly affect the flavor of a croissant.
            dunno about delice

          2. re: Foodandwine

            I know it's probably not what the OP had intended, but I will agree 100% with the Trader Joe's frozen ones...they are great and easy to make. One of the bestter products at TJ's for certain and very fairly priced. I probably wouldn't have replied to this post, except that i just got a package out of the freezer an hour ago and they are now thawing/proofing in the kitchen right now!

            1. re: Foodandwine

              I tried the TJs choc. cros. and they were great. Thanks.

              1. re: Foodandwine

                I thought you were joking about the TJ frozen croissants until I tried them. They are *awesome*. Thanks for making my X-mas morning so easy! :)

              2. As far as pains au chocolat are concerned, my heart belongs to Breadbar.

                8718 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                1. re: Woolsey

                  i've had their croissants and pain au chocolat at intelligentsia - they're amazing!

                2. Amandine

                  Amandine Patissiere
                  12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                  1. re: wutzizname

                    Amandine -- Ask them to warm it. They use a real oven, not a microwave.

                    1. re: liu

                      Another vote for Amandine. Plus everything there is simply delicious.

                      Are any of these croissants close to the Au Bon Pain chain that we don't see out here? It's been years, but ABP was the first chocolate croissant I had and I have nostalgia toward it.

                      1. re: Pei

                        is au bon pain the chain of joints that are all over NYC?

                        1. re: kevin

                          Yes. And I don't know if they were ever quite as good as a place like Amandine, but I too have fond memories their croissants, particularly the almond.

                          1. re: wutzizname

                            Definitely agree re Amandine, though I also urge the OP to try their banana chocolate danish, which is transcendent.

                        2. re: Pei

                          I confess the same ABP guilty pleasure, Pei. It was my first, too.
                          Authenticity? Questionable. Big hunka chocolate and butter in my belly? DEFINITELY.

                      1. Chez Nous in Toluka Lake has great croissants.

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                        1. re: LMelba

                          I too am on the search for the best chocolate croissants around.

                          I live in Orange County so I go to this French Bakery owned by Vietnamese but it actually has French bakers.

                          Very crispy flaky outside, soft inside, bittersweet chocolate.

                          Boulangerie Pierre & Patisserie located at:
                          14352 Brookhurst St.
                          Garden Grove, CA 92843

                          I believe there is another location in San Gabriel Valley area.

                          1. re: Tony

                            Thanks Tony. I am gonna check it out this weekend.

                            1. re: vlad

                              No problem Vlad.

                              Here is a link from a fellow chowhounder, I hope he or she doesn't mind.


                              Grab a baguette while you are there. I think they are one of the best in the Little Saigon area as well.

                              The croissants like any croissants are best eaten immediately, they lose that flaky goodness, after a bit of time.

                              The prices here are awesome as well. I believe the croissants cost either $1.50 or less.

                              Let me know how it stacked up compared to the rest.

                            2. re: Tony

                              Do you have any more details on the SGV location? I can't seem to find any listings.