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MSP- Best Croissant?

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!


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  1. 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. 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

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

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        1. re: FusilliFarfalle

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

        2. 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. 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.

            1. 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

                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

                  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.'

              2. 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

                  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.

                2. 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

                    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

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

                      1. re: KTFoley

                        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.

                  2. Patisserie Margo in Edina

                    Patisserie Margo
                    5133 Gus Young Ln, Minneapolis, MN 55436

                    1. Looks like we need a croissant-off here!

                      1. 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

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


                        2. 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

                            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

                              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

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


                          2. 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).

                            1. are you kidding by not mentioning Baker's Wife?

                              1. 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

                                  Where, where, where? This sounds wonderful.

                                  1. re: karykat

                                    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

                                    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.

                                  3. 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.