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Chocolate Almond Croissant

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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  1. 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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    Cafe Laurent
    4243 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

    1. 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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      1. re: Servorg

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

      2. 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.

        1. 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. 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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            1. 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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              1. re: wutzizname

                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.

                1. re: Rosiepigs

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

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: Rosiepigs

                    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

                    1. re: bulavinaka

                      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

                      1. re: bulavinaka

                        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.

                      2. re: Rosiepigs

                        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

                        1. re: paprkutr

                          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. Tarte Tatin Bakery in Beverly Hills on Olympic.

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                        1. re: Emme

                          Huckleberry in Santa Monica has em too.

                          1. re: Emme

                            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.

                          2. 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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                            1. re: tastycakes

                              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. Proof Bakery.

                              End of discussion.

                              Really, they are *that* good.

                              http://proofbakeryla.com/

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                              Proof Bakery
                              3156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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                              1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                1. re: groover808

                                  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