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Rosiepigs Dec 3, 2009 11:56 AM

I'm not a big fan of automatically commenting on here on J Gold's most recent reviews (though they are good, if a bit Asian-heavy), but reading his today made me wonder: does anyone know where I can get a good chocolate almond croissant? He gave some good suggestions for almond ones, but when I lived in Paris I felt that choco almond ones were the peak of croissant perfection. They have almond paste inside and some sliced toasted ones on top, but also some good dark chocolate inside as well. In addition, they seem to be darker in wheat origin? or just baked longer? and with a light confectionary sugar dusting on top.

I've found these to be harder to locate Stateside. I'm hoping somewhere has it, and not Anisette since part of the fun of a croissant is eating it as you walk. And not paying too too much for it. Thanks!

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    annapurna7 RE: Rosiepigs Dec 3, 2009 12:24 PM

    I like the ones that Cafe Laurent sells @ the local farmers markets. I'll usually buy a couple when I go to the Torrance FM on Saturdays.

    You can also get them at their restaurant in the mornings.

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    4243 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

    1. Servorg RE: Rosiepigs Dec 3, 2009 12:28 PM

      There was a small thread way back in 2006 on this subject - found here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/331481 (Amandine in West LA is a very good bakery) and I wonder if Susina Bakery has them? I haven't noticed them there, but they make such nice almond and chocolate ones I wouldn't be surprised if they combined the two flavors.

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      Amandine Patissiere
      12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Susina Bakery & Cafe
      7122 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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        a_and_w RE: Servorg Dec 4, 2009 10:45 AM

        I don't love Amandine's almond croissant, but the CHOCOLATE almond croissant is indeed delicious.

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        cjla RE: Rosiepigs Dec 3, 2009 12:44 PM

        Not a chocolate almond croissant, but how about a chocolate raspberry croissant? They sell them in the bakery cases at Whole Foods* and are supplied by Orange Bakery.

        The chocolate is more like a deep chocolate than a milk chocolate, and with the tartness of the raspberry, makes me wonder why I haven't eaten more of them.

        I've spotted them at the Glendale and 3rd & Fairfax locations.

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          bad nono RE: Rosiepigs Dec 3, 2009 01:06 PM

          I think they have some at La Maison du Pain but I've never tried them since I don't like them. LMDP uses chocolate chips rather than chocolate bars.
          I think they are darker because there's more sugar in them, but the wheat/flour should be the same.

          1. groover808 RE: Rosiepigs Dec 3, 2009 09:11 PM

            Actually Anisette does their pastries to go when they're open for breakfast. We grabbed some (along with another family ahead of us) delicious pastries and then walked down the block and sat down at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, or you could walk to the pier!

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              westsidegal RE: groover808 Oct 2, 2011 07:43 PM

              RIP anissette

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                groover808 RE: westsidegal Oct 3, 2011 03:22 PM

                I know, so sad :(

            2. wutzizname RE: Rosiepigs Dec 4, 2009 12:44 AM

              Second Amandine.

              Also Breadbar's.

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              Breadbar Century City
              10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

              BreadBar
              8718 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                Rosiepigs RE: wutzizname Nov 3, 2011 07:27 PM

                Finally got to try Breadbar's chocolate almond croissant. It was good, BUT NOT $7.25 GOOD! Any pastry costing $7.25 should come with cocaine inside. Will try pain du jour next.

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                  westsidegal RE: Rosiepigs Nov 3, 2011 08:21 PM

                  when you locate the place that serves the cocaine-stuffed croissant, send me there.
                  i think i'm ready. . . .

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                houndofmusic RE: Rosiepigs Dec 4, 2009 12:10 PM

                I really like Breadbar's chocolate almond croissant, but it is quite large (more American size than French size).

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                  Rosiepigs RE: Rosiepigs Oct 2, 2011 04:56 PM

                  This is an old thread of mine, but I thought I'd update. I had the chocolate almond croissant at Amandine this week--it was fine. Not anything I'd rush back for, although at $2.45 it was reasonably priced. The one at Amandine was more expensive, and nothing special as well. Will try to get to Breadbar at some point. Any other suggestions?

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                    bulavinaka RE: Rosiepigs Oct 2, 2011 05:01 PM

                    Le Pain Du Jour on Pico in Santa Monica. Go early - they open and close early, so you could be outta luck my noon...

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                    Le Pain Du Jour
                    828 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                      Ogawak RE: bulavinaka Oct 3, 2011 09:37 AM

                      I second Le Pain Du Jour. Just had one yesterday. Also the plain almond croissants are really good, as are the Pain Au Chocolat.

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                      Le Pain Du Jour
                      828 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                        westsidegal RE: bulavinaka Nov 3, 2011 08:27 PM

                        speaking ONLY about the almond croissant, to my palate, the almond croissant at the Farm Shop in the Brentwood Mart at 26th and san vincente, is better than the Pain du Jour version.
                        Since I'll only eat these delicacies in the AM when they're fresh , i can't comment on how they hold up during the day.

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                        paprkutr RE: Rosiepigs Oct 2, 2011 08:03 PM

                        Go to Little next door between Crescent Heights and La Jolla on Third Street a couple of doors down from Doughboys. They have the best crispy almond croissants and they have good choc/almond ones too. I fell inlove wit the choc/almond ones, but now just prefer either the almonds or chocolate. Don't care for Amandine, and I think these are better than Susina, though I do like them.

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                        La Jolla Restaurant
                        10942 Limonite Ave, Mira Loma, CA 91752

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                          wutzizname RE: paprkutr Oct 4, 2011 11:52 PM

                          Second Little Next Door. Haven't tried the chocolate/almond, but the straight almond may be the best I've had in L.A. And I've had most of them.

                      3. Emme RE: Rosiepigs Oct 2, 2011 07:24 PM

                        Tarte Tatin Bakery in Beverly Hills on Olympic.

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                          Emme RE: Emme Oct 3, 2011 08:19 PM

                          Huckleberry in Santa Monica has em too.

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                            kevin RE: Emme Oct 5, 2011 10:21 AM

                            oh, yeah, Emme. Beat me to it. the chocolate almond and the chocolate croissant at Tarte Tatin are beyond execptional. but they are quite dear in price.

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                            tastycakes RE: Rosiepigs Oct 4, 2011 04:24 PM

                            homeboy bakery's almond croissants are very good - available at the hollywood farmer's market on sundays, but i don't know if the have them with chocolate.

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                              namstermonster RE: tastycakes Oct 4, 2011 06:05 PM

                              i had heard some good things about homeboy's as well but was sorely disappointed a few months ago when i tried it @the farmer's market downstairs from my work. i actually tossed it after a few bites :P

                            2. ipsedixit RE: Rosiepigs Nov 21, 2011 09:31 PM

                              Proof Bakery.

                              End of discussion.

                              Really, they are *that* good.

                              http://proofbakeryla.com/

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                              3156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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                                groover808 RE: ipsedixit Nov 21, 2011 09:41 PM

                                Thanks, new place to try! No good places in OC, eh?

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                                  Das Ubergeek RE: groover808 Nov 26, 2011 08:09 AM

                                  Christopher Garren's in Costa Mesa, or Jean-Paul's Goodies in Laguna Beach, or Blackmarket Bakery. Not sure if they always have them though.

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                                  Blackmarket Bakery
                                  17941 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA

                                  Christopher Garren's
                                  Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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