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Nov 8, 2009 05:28 PM

Good almond croissants in/near San Jose?

I'm looking for a source of good almond croissants in San Jose. I used to get decentish ones from Whole Foods, but I've been avoiding the store lately (the CEO can have his Randian fantasies, I don't need to support them.) Fleur de Cocoa's are indeed delicious, but getting them involves driving to Los Gatos and hoping they aren't sold out. Butter Flour Sugar's kind of missed the "more is not better" point -- marzipan decoration *and* dusted with powdered sugar?

Anyone got some other options to suggest?

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  1. WF and Fleur de Cocoa were my two goto sources for almond croissants, besides Douce de France and Mayfair in PA, so I'm not much help. I've had good pastries at PEET's coffee venues - might be one near you?

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    1. re: Claudette

      Peet's gets their pastries from City Baking Co, which also supplies other coffee shops like Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View, and Philz Coffee. However, the last time I had an almond croissant from City Baking Co, I don't believe it was twice-baked.

      Red Rock Cafe
      1010 Lincoln Ave, Napa, CA 94558

      City Baking Co
      1373 Lowrie Ave S, San Francisco, CA

    2. Its not near San Jose but La Boulangerie on Pine has the BEST almond croissants hands down. Buttery, crunchy, rich, moist.

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      1. re: Camote

        There are a bunch of LB's in the South Bay, too. My husband like Pandera's stuff, so they might be worth checking out.

        1. re: Claudette

          Bay Bread Boulangerie on Pine St. Is a whole different animal than the La Boulangerie group in the South Bay. It does sell at some farmers mkts in the City, wonder if it has any further south.

          Bay Bread
          2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Bay Bread sells stuff at the Sunnyvale farmer's market on Saturday, and the Palo Alto (California Avenue) farmer's market on Sunday. Also at the Sunnyvale farmer's market is Brioche Bakery, which has a good almond croissant.

            Bay Bread
            2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

            Brioche Bakery
            210 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

            1. re: ssfire

              I had an almond croissant from Brioche Bakery yesterday. Nice one, though I still give the edge to Bay Bread.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Bay Bread has a stand in the Sunnyvale Farmer's Market on Saturdays; you have to get there early - there was only one almond croissant left when we got there at 10am.

      2. The bakery stall at the Saratoga farmer's market (Saturday mornings at West Valley College) has the best almond croissants I've ever eaten. Sorry I can't remember the vendor's name - but it's a pretty small market; should be easy to find. (The pecan rolls are fantastic too.)