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Best croissants in San Diego?

something with a nice flaky/crispness to it

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  1. THAT's a tough one. There was once a little pastry shop in a strip mall in El Cajon called The Sweetzerland Pastry shop. Best damn croissants on this continent. But they're gone.

    I've tried Bread & Cie- yech. I've yet to get up to Opera, but they may be good.

    I'm obsessed with pain au chocolat myself....

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    1. re: Fake Name

      Were the Bread & Cie ones from their Washington St. location or elsewhere? I've always found them, when fresh, to be the right blend of crispness and flakiness.

      1. re: Josh

        Yes from the University Ave retail location, and I was not pleased.

    2. Opera's croissants very flaky and buttery, not as crisp as I want. Very good but not outstanding. I have only had them at lunchtime, so perhaps they are improved in the mornings assuming they are made for breakfast.

      I prefer their almond croissants over the plain. They do have pain au chocolat as well. I like those, too, but want more chocolate in them.

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      1. re: Divamac

        And that's part of the issue. The half-life of an excellent croissant is very short. They can be made to be more durable- that's what you'll find at Starbucks, but they are not worth the calories. They have to be fresh, and one needs to get them while they are warm.

        And most Americans would prefer Krispy Kremes anyway.

        1. re: Fake Name

          As far as fresh, K sandwich makes them daily. $1 each for the plain, $1.25 for the filled ones.

          Arely in the Clairmont Shopping center makes wonderful plain and almond ones daily, as does Opera. Excellent at both places.

          For freshest, the frozen dough (plain and chocolate) from Trader Joe's - has to be proofed overnight - is excellent.

          1. re: Cathy

            Gotta agree with you about the bake at home choc ones from Trader Joe's freezer section. There's nothing like warm from the oven!

            1. re: Cathy

              I second K Sandwiches! You'd never guess if from the outside but I've not found one better tasting or priced in San Diego.

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              K Sandwiches
              7604 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111

            2. re: Fake Name

              Totally warm are the best, KK?? gag me with grease! IMO, a waste of calories!

          2. We had some pain du chocolat from the French Gourmet in La Jolla a few weeks back. Pretty decent and quite fresh. Can't exactly remember the flaky/crispy ratio (not as crispy as Payard's), but it definitely wasn't the doughy stuff at Starbucks.

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            French Gourmet
            960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109

            1. I love the croissants from Loic's Patisserie at the Saturday Little Italy farmer's market. They're like buttery air.

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              1. re: mimosa

                I liked the ones at Opera when they still had the location downtown, especially the almond ones. One of the girls that worked there told me they purchased the raw from the French Gourmet, then baked them off at the store. I also love the ones from Loic's Patisserie - flaky and buttery and huge!!

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                French Gourmet
                960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109

                1. re: sdnosh

                  Loic's at Hillcrest FM on Sundays now, too. I love them... had one of the best strawberry tarts of my existence from that stand.

              2. This will sound strange, but I believe that K Sandwiches has the best in the area. They have croissants that are filled with chocolate, cream cheese and fruit flavors, ham and cheese and plain, but thye do not offer jam or butter to go along.

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                K Sandwiches
                7604 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego, CA 92111

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                1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                  Petite Madeline Bakery in Oceanside by far. They have a cinnamon roll that is very similar to the one at Bread and Cie but I think its better. its a croissant rolled in the shape of a cinnamon bun with cinnamon sugar.