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Quest for LA's best croissants

I'm a bit of a croissant snob, and hate the idea of wasting calories on adequate or even above-average croissants. Most are bland twisted versions of bread with a ton of butter. I don't mind discarding the dense doughy inside that sometimes lurks within, but isn't there a place that has a perfect croissant? Let's postpone the chocolate, almond and cheese croissant quest for another time. So far, my favorites are Anissette and Pain du Jour. Any other suggestions?

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  1. Give Amandine a try.

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    Amandine Patissiere
    12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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    1. re: Servorg

      Second Amandine - especially their chocolate croissants!

      1. re: Queequeg

        Don't know how I missed this old thread --

        +3 for Amandine, great plain croissant, and only $1.95 (still) if ordered to go.

        1. re: nosh

          Finally made it to Maison Giraud (and the wonderful farmer's market there). My partner and I had the plain croissant and croissant + ham/gruyere. I think both are significantly better than the plain at Amandine. Not quite as light, but rich, flaky, wonderful. Too oily, though.

          1. re: ilysla

            How much more expensive than the plain at Amandine, $1.95 to go? (you can order to go and eat there -- just no plate and maybe butter or jelly)
            And parking around Maison Giraud requires luck for street meter parking, if I'm not mistaken, and in Pac Palisades that is a real problem.

            1. re: nosh

              Plain was $3.00. At least, that's what's listed on their website menu. Our box of 2 plain, 2 ham+gruyere, 1 pain au chocolat was over a little over $20.... Hmmm.... Curious. I'm adding it up, and it shouldn't have been that much.

              We got lucky w/ street parking. =) There did appear to be a parking lot for that group of shops, but I don't know how big the lot is b/c I didn't go into it....

    2. I enjoy the croissants (and everything else) from master baker Sumi Chang at EuroPane Bakery in Pasadena. Also Amandine Patisserie as Sevorg already mentioned.

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      Euro Pane Bakery
      950 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

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      1. re: sel

        Sumi's croissants are the best I've ever had in California, no contest (although I've got to try Amandine one of these days).

        Get there early on weekends or you'll miss out on the croissants and other popular items.

        1. re: maxzook

          I had a very strange side effect after eating a Europane croissant. This sounds ridiculous, but I smelled like butter afterwards. Sort of like if you eat too much garlic, it comes out your pores? I swear it happened with the butter croissant. I washed my hands and my face, and I doubt I got croissant in my nose... Perhaps just collateral damage when eating a good croissant?

          1. re: snackwrangler

            Maybe you got butter in your moustache?

        2. re: sel

          I'm a fan of the Europane croissants too.

        3. susina bakery on beverly is a good one.

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          1. re: Clyde

            2nd Susina...esp. the tomato, feta and carmelized onion one.

          2. I love Europane, especially their croissant filled with sweet cream cheese.

            However, there is a stand at the Studio City Farmer's Market on Sundays (at Ventura and Laurel Canyon) called Traditions of Provence that has amazing croissants, big and inexpensive. He has a lot of different flavors, breads, brioches, the whole deal, but we always get at least a couple of his big, delicious butter croissants!

            So far that is my favorite croissant in the city...

            Tim

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            1. re: TimToyGeek

              Oh, I'll have to swing by that market. Thank you.

            2. I really love the organic croissants you get freshly baked at Le Pain Quotidien.

              BTW -- the frozen Trader Joes ones are surprisingly good, too. You just need to remember to proof them overnight and they plump up beautifully and cook nicely.

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              1. re: Maxmillion

                I second the Trader Joes recommendation...plus you can eat them in your pjs, which is a marvelous thing.

                If you are near South Pasadena, Nicole's also sells small frozen croissants, which are a cut above TJs. AND, if you get lucky they sometimes sell the large ones which are usually only for their business customers. Neither of these need to be thawed overnight. So you can satisfy a craving with a half hours notice.

                1. re: Maxmillion

                  somewhat related:

                  does anyone know FOR SURE if TJ's frozen croissants are the same suppliers of William Sonoma's frozen croissants?