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MSP- Best Croissant?

cheeseguysgirl Mar 13, 2009 09:24 AM

Over another stellar dinner last night at Cafe Levain, the conversation turned to bread. Where is the best bread in the Twin Cities? We all had our opinions, but the question then arose-- where are the best croissants? I am not a croissant lover, so I couldn't even be sure of which bakeries sold them.

I said I would throw out the question here, and was certain many would weigh in.

Where are the best croissants (plain, not filled or flavored) in the Twin Cities?

Thanks, 'Hounds!


  1. Jordan Mar 13, 2009 09:30 AM

    Right next door to where you ate, at Turtle Bread. I think the runner-up is Patrick's French Bakery, but Turtle Bread keeps the lead.

    1. bob s Mar 13, 2009 09:49 AM

      See these threads for more opinions -

      Croissants in St. Paul: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/428187
      Croissants etc. in St. Paul: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/123553
      Twin Cities: Best Baguettes and Croissants: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/440661
      Chocolate Croissant in the Twin Cities: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/328990

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        FusilliFarfalle Mar 13, 2009 11:19 AM

        Trung Nam on University in St. Paul. It is in a former Popeyes. The BEST croissants ever!

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        1. re: FusilliFarfalle
          St Paul Susie Mar 14, 2009 03:25 PM

          Ditto T Nam on University. The best. And VERY economical

        2. Foureyes137 Mar 13, 2009 11:26 AM

          I agree with Turtle Bread. Rustica also has good croissants...and I believe they provide Surdyk's which is where I usually pick one up in the morning.

          1. MSPD Mar 13, 2009 12:16 PM

            While I don't hesitate to recommend the others that have been mentioned (Trung Nam, Rustica, Patrick's, Turtle Bread, in order of my preference) I still prefer Cupcake's croissants to any other in MSP.

            The disturbing thing about this thread is that it made me realize I've had croissants at every place listed (and then some) within the last few weeks. Yikes.

            p.s. -- if you like croissants, I would highly recommend a kouign amann from Rustica. It's everything that's great about a croissant, plus buttery, caramely greatness.

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              keg Mar 13, 2009 12:23 PM

              All hail Bob S's familiarity with the search function.

              Rustica. They make bread slowly without tricks of rapid production at the expense of flavor and authenticity. Quality over quantity. The best bread in town as far as I've seen. Including a very respectable croissant.

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              1. re: keg
                AnneInMpls Mar 13, 2009 01:00 PM

                Yeah, Rustica rules, though I've never tried their croissants. I'm addicted to their multigrain bread (which is available at Seward Co-op, oh joy).


                1. re: AnneInMpls
                  petergray Mar 13, 2009 01:21 PM

                  rustica's croissants are the best in town, in my opinion. they are the traditional 'crispy on the outside/chewy soft on the inside style.'

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                getgot211 Mar 13, 2009 03:56 PM

                I have tried pretty much all but Cupcake so MSPD may be right. aside from that Trung Nam. Rustica is close, close second. no others have impressed me at all. I'll get around to trying Cupcake soon.

                edit: Rustica is definitely the best all around bakery though, awesome breads.

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                1. re: getgot211
                  Dairy King Mar 13, 2009 04:12 PM

                  I second the proposition that Rustica is the BEST bakery. Love their croissants. Haven't been to Trung Nam but I'm eager to do so.

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                  KTFoley Mar 13, 2009 08:49 PM

                  Total respect to BoB S and his use of the "search" function.

                  If none of his results turn up a recommendation for Mayday Cafe on Bloomington Ave., then you can let this stand in for the aggregate opinion. Try them; they are truly worth it.

                  May Day Cafe
                  3440 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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                  1. re: KTFoley
                    faith Mar 13, 2009 09:06 PM

                    And my 10cents is that whoever wins this vote should be making their own puff pastry,
                    not buying it frozen which I hear is quite common these days. I think I've seen croissants at
                    Lucia's to Go, and they should definitely be tried. I haven't had one but everything else I've
                    had there, particularly baked goods, has been outstanding.

                    1. re: faith
                      KTFoley Mar 14, 2009 09:08 AM

                      Faith, please clarify: do you have information that MayDay Cafe is buying puff pastry?

                      1. re: KTFoley
                        faith Mar 14, 2009 09:51 PM

                        No ktfoley, I am just saying I have heard that it is common for restaurants to buy
                        frozen puff pastry these days, no place in particular that I am pointing at. And that
                        I feel whatever place gets 'best croissant' should be making their own puff pastry.
                        Just my opinion.

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                    shoo bee doo Mar 14, 2009 07:21 AM

                    Patisserie Margo in Edina

                    Patisserie Margo
                    5133 Gus Young Ln, Minneapolis, MN 55436

                    1. Jordan Mar 14, 2009 04:44 PM

                      Looks like we need a croissant-off here!

                      1. g
                        getgot211 Aug 9, 2009 07:31 PM

                        1. Trung Nam
                        2. Rustica
                        3. Salty Tart/Lucia's(though half the size and a buck more than TN)
                        4. Cupcake
                        5. doesn't really matter at this point. Patisserie Margo was pretty bland. Turtle Bread/Patricks, same thing.

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                        1. re: getgot211
                          The Dairy Queen Aug 10, 2009 01:41 AM

                          Speaking of Trung Nam, it's no longer open on Sundays. I learned that the hard way, alas.


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                          Haricotsv2 Aug 10, 2009 05:48 AM

                          Le Patisserie on Randolph just east of Snelling is great. Their chocolate croissants are terrific, as are the regular ones. Almost competitive with Trung Nam, I think!

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                          1. re: Haricotsv2
                            The Dairy Queen Aug 10, 2009 06:22 AM

                            When was the last time you were at La Patisserie? The last time I was there, which admittedly was a couple of years, the baked items, including croissants, were abyssmal. Have you been there recently? If so, do you know what's changed?


                            1. re: The Dairy Queen
                              Haricotsv2 Aug 10, 2009 04:29 PM

                              Within the last two weeks. First I sent my husband to get croissants to test for a baby shower I was giving. They were out of plain, so I had to try chocolate, sigh. Then I went back the next day to try the plain ones and loved them. So did the guests at the shower. I'm not sure what's changed, but try one--and let me know!

                              1. re: Haricotsv2
                                The Dairy Queen Aug 10, 2009 04:38 PM

                                Sounds worth giving another chance to! Thanks for the heads up!


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                            stpaulbreadman Aug 12, 2009 11:20 AM

                            I agree with those voting for Turtle for best croissants.
                            I think Rustica is the best bakery with the best bread in town and I love their pastry. But.... for my money they overbake the croissants leaving them too dry. (I still eat them and enjoy them though).

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                              FishMPLS Aug 17, 2009 09:08 PM

                              are you kidding by not mentioning Baker's Wife?

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                                cyclecat Aug 27, 2009 07:00 AM

                                Wow, so I had to log in just so I could say that I can't BELIEVE nobody's mentioned A Baker's Wife. Tasty, huge, inexpensive croissants. The chocolate ones are great too. And if you're looking for something really decadent and different, I don't know why they call it an 'American Tea Cake,' but it's worth the trip for that alone. Picture croissant dough fashioned into the shape of a giant sticky bun, doused in gooey sticky goodness but still retaining its crispy, flaky goodness on the outside and with a bit of custardy stuff somehow woven throughout instead of hulking in a blob in the middle. And then liberally sprinkled with confectioners' sugar. OMG. Run, don't walk to A Baker's Wife and try one of these.

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                                1. re: cyclecat
                                  karykat Aug 27, 2009 09:32 AM

                                  Where, where, where? This sounds wonderful.

                                  1. re: karykat
                                    AnneInMpls Aug 27, 2009 11:14 AM

                                    A Baker's Wife is in South Minneapolis, not too far from Lake Nokomis. Here's the places link with a map.

                                    A Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop
                                    4200 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                                  2. re: cyclecat
                                    getgot211 Aug 27, 2009 11:50 AM

                                    A Baker's Wife croissants were really bready. doesn't compare to the top four. honestly, aside from the doughnuts I haven't had much I've liked there.

                                    1. re: getgot211
                                      Jordan Aug 27, 2009 02:01 PM

                                      Their lemon bars are fabulous.

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                                    JimGrinsfelder Aug 27, 2009 10:30 PM

                                    Gotta get over to Trung Nam soon. And I've heard good stuff about Salty Tart in Midtown Global Market.

                                    For bread, I'm loving Rustica's baguettes when I can get them. Makes sense they'd do good pastry, but I don't get over to their store very often.

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