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Mar 21, 2009 11:29 PM

Looking for a Good Croissant - Esp Chocolate

Hi - I'm staying in Union Square and craving a good croissant, especially a chocolate one. I realize I'm not going to find one at 11:27 p.m. on a Saturday night, but I'm hoping by the time I wake up in the morning, I'll find a few suggestions. (I searched the boards, but didn't find any prior posts on this subject - hopefully I did the search right and I'm not posting unnecessarily <g>.) I'm up for traveling a bit via Muni or Bart if necessary. Appreciate any help!

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  1. You might try these:

    Tartine Bakery
    600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Butler & the Chef Bistro
    155 S Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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    1. re: ML8000

      Sorry, Tartine does many things exceptionally well, but I thought their chocolate croissant was a FAIL. I've only tried it once. Maybe I had bad timing. The chocolate was a melted mess, the croissant was over cooked. Just wrong. If I had not taken it to-go I would have returned it.

      1. re: BernalKC

        I don't mind Tartine's too much, but the pastry is too bitter and overcooked for the chocolate. I like the plain and almond better.

        Thorough Bread's chocolate croissants are pretty good, but really light and not my favorite of their croissants (though I do buy them for meeting pals/kids at the playground). Does Mission Beach Cafe make chocolate croissants? Both places have great pastries overall.

        Mission Beach Cafe
        198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

        Thorough Bread and Pastry
        248 Church Street, San Francisco, CA

    2. Consider Delessio for croissants. Many posts.

      Delessio Market & Bakery
      1695 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      DeLessio Market & Bakery
      302 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      1. Try Patisserie Philippe.

        Patisserie Philippe (moving)
        655 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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        1. re: chezchristine

          i second this.

          Boulangerie can be good too, but only from the Pine St. location.

        2. Thank you everyone! I ended up trying the croissants at Delessio on Market and they were quite yummy, but the proportion of chocolate to croissant was a bit too high for my personal taste.

          I also ended up trying the regular and chocolate croissants from La Boulange on the corner of Hayes and Market per the recommendation of a very nice hostess at the restaurant under the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. I didn't even eat there, but she took the time to recommend another place to me. She said she was French, and that the croissants at La Boulange tasted like they did in France. I have no basis to tell whether or not that is true, but I can say that they were the best I've ever tried.

          The outside was somehow crispy without being dry and the inside was buttery and light and I just couldn't get enough of them. The chocolate one had the same amazing texture and taste with excellent tasting chocolate dispersed evenly throughout rather than in one disconcerting clump in the middle. Ask for it to be slightly heated and all the flavors intensify. I wish I could take this place back to Los Angeles with me.

          La Boulange
          500 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          1. re: rianael1

            Thanks so much for reporting back, and for the recommendation. Sounds yummy indeed!

            1. re: rianael1

              I'm a bit late to the party, I know, but just thought I'd chime in and mention that I tried the Delessio Market and Bakery chocolate croissant for the first time today and thought it was the best I've had in the Bay Area so far--by a pretty large margin. For me, the thing I can't stand is how too often a chocolate croissant is just, essentially, a soft piece of bread with a clump of chocolate inside. Too few places take enough care with the croissant side of things.

              This one was great--all the crispiness and butteriness and flakiness that you'd want. The chocolate filling was good too (not too much chocolate to my taste)...but the croissant was the real star. I thought this was quite a bit better than the Boulange version, which I recall as being much softer and not nearly as flaky or buttery.

              1. re: abstractpoet

                I had a really fab chocolate croissant at Feel Good Bakery the other day -- flakey (shards all over my shirt front) and buttery and still slightly warm. I still like their almond croissants the best, but they hardly ever have them, for some reason.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  That's a good tip. I've found all the ones I've tried in the East Bay pretty subpar so far.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    I finally got around to trying the chocolate croissant at Feel Good Bakery -- am eating it as I type, actually (flaky bits all over my laptop). You're right; it's a good one. Nice balance of flaky and chewy. The chocolate inside is just right.

                    I don't konw if it's quite to the level of Delessio's, but I'd need to try them back to back to say for sure. Further research required...

                    Feel Good Bakery
                    1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501

              2. As long as this thread ihas been revived, its time to add Sandbox Bakery's pain au chocolate to the mix. It is outstanding. Perfectly cooked croissant pastry. Valrhona chocolate inside. Not oversized like most chocolate croissants. By now I've probably sampled a dozen and the quality is always consistent. Absolutely great. Best I've had anywhere, with the possible exception of a now defunct bakery in Montreal where I first learned to love this delicasy - but even there my memory is probably better than the pastry was, so Sanbox rules in my opinion.

                Sandbox Bakery
                833 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                1. re: BernalKC

                  Yeah, the reports about Sandbox have sounded great, but it's a bit out of the way for me. Will have to look for an excuse to be in that neighborhood!

                  1. re: BernalKC

                    I agree about the chocolate croissant. I had one the other day and it was excellent. Just the right size for me as I'm not a big eater. I'll have to try their curry pan next as one of the other customers and the lady at the counter both recommended it highly.

                    1. re: BernalKC

                      Just wanted to say I finally made it over to Sandbox, and the chocolate croissant was indeed very good--a bit smooshed from being inside my wife's purse for a little while, but still tasty. Very buttery and probably the most delicious chocolate filling.

                      I might still prefer Delessio's version, though, which I recall as being a little bit crispier/flakier. So my current personal rankings would go something like:

                      1) Delessio
                      2) Sandbox
                      3) Feel Good

                      I'd be happy to eat any of those every day of the week...and those three are quite a bit better than any others I've had in the Bay Area.

                      1. re: abstractpoet

                        My choice in the southbay would be Fleur de Cocoa in Los Gatos. No added sugar or coating, just a perfectly buttery croissant with a great semi sweet bar inside. Heavenly!

                        Fleur De Cocoa
                        39 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030