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ISO best ham & cheese croissant (Pasadena)

Does anyone have a favorite spot for a ham & cheese croissant in Pasadena?

So far, I've tried Love Birds and Federico's. Love Birds is definitely the winner between the two.... Fedrecio's might have been a contender, but they overwarmed it and it was rubbery.

Any other favorite spots on my quest?

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  1. I like the jalapeno one at the Donut shop in the Vons plaza on Orange Grove/Fair Oaks. Nothing fancy, just good with a kick! They are already made with the ham and cheese enclosed inside. Then they will warm it for you. I also like their breakfast sandwich (#11) and their donut holes.

    1. Corner Bakery makes a pretty good ham (or bacon) and cheese croissant sandwich.

      If you want something a bit different, but just as tasty, if not more so, is the smoked salmon and cream cheese croissant at Julienne. Not the classic, but very tasty.

      1. I haven't tried Whole Foods' ham & cheese croissant, but it LOOKS good and it's huge and inexpensive. You may also want to see if Wheatberry Bakery on Lake Avenue makes it, their pastries are really good quality overall.

        1. Not a ham & cheese croissant BUT the croque monsieur at the french place almost across the street from Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock is unbelievable, even better than the ones I tried in Paris! It's like ham & cheese in heaven...

          1. It isn't Pasadena, but Donut Club on Arrow Hwy. in San Dimas is the best one I have tried.

            1. I second Wheatberry. They have a great croque monsieur (flavorful, baked cheese; good quality ham). Their croissants and other flaky pastries are the best in town (LA as far as I know). Made by a real French pastry chef in the traditional style. The rest of their selection (cakes, pies, mousses, tarts) are just average. But get a buttery flaky pastry and you won't be disappointed.

              1. I like the ham and cheese croissant at Aux Delices, on Colorado just west of Fair Oaks.


                I'd also check to see if they make them at Euro Pane, also on Colorado a little farther east. Their regular and chocolate croissants are very good, so if they do a ham/cheese version, I'm sure it would be tasty.

                (626) 577-1828
                950 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

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                1. re: DanaB

                  Ahh, I forgot about Aux Delices. Yes, I have had it and it is good there, as well! Thanks for remembering!! ;-)

                2. Best by far is Union Bakery on the corner of Fair Oaks and Monterey in South Pas. Great buttery croissant filled with excellent ham and a sharp cheddar. I am somewhat of a Ham & Cheese croissant conoisseur and my mouth is watering just thinking about them. A warning though, they usually sell out of them by about 11am.

                  1. Tiffany's Coffee, on Colorado Blvd, across from the Paseo has them. They are very un-fancy, but good. Personally I prefer the turkey and cheese...

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                    1. Le Pain Quotidien on West Colorado & De Lacey. They make it fresh on croissants they back on the premises. It comes with these really good mustard's.

                      1. It isn't a croissant per se, but Euro Pane has started serving chunks of baguette with ham and cheese baked right into them, and they are pretty much best of breed.

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