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The best croissants on the westside...WHERE TO GO?

Michelly Feb 19, 2011 11:34 AM

I FINALLY went by Bite Bar and Bakery only to find that they shut down- catering only. And Anisette, whose chocolate croissants were SO good even a day or two after purchase, is gone.
So where do I go? Am I stuck having to plan a day in advance and put out the frozen TJ croissants out the night before, or is there no place I can go here on the westside to get decent croissants?

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    New Trial RE: Michelly Feb 19, 2011 12:08 PM

    Try the ones at Farm Shop. Not as good as the ones Bite and Anisette used to offer but still good. Huckleberry probably has them, too, but I have not tried them there--the other baked goods have been excellent from there.

    Huckleberry Cafe
    1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Farm Shop at Brentwood Country Mart
    225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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      westsidegal RE: New Trial Feb 19, 2011 01:46 PM

      +1 for the almond croissants at the Farm Shop.
      haven't tried their other varieties (got stuck on the almond at first try)

      to my palate their almond croissants are better than the almond crossants Pain du Jour

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        ipsedixit RE: New Trial Feb 20, 2011 04:58 PM

        The croissants at Huckleberry are not very good.

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          buttermarblepopcorn RE: ipsedixit Feb 21, 2011 10:25 PM

          Hmm, I just had one of their chocolate croissants on Thursday, and it was fantastic: crispy and flaky on the outside, soft and tender on the inside, with the perfect amount of very tasty chocolate to balance out the croissant.

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        jhchai RE: Michelly Feb 19, 2011 12:09 PM

        My personal favorite is Amandine's on Wilshire near Bundy. I consider it top 3 in LA.

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          hellochula RE: jhchai Feb 27, 2011 02:10 PM

          I second Amandine (though I have yet to try Farm Shop).

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            libra20 RE: hellochula Feb 27, 2011 09:35 PM

            Amandine also gets my vote.

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            jackattack RE: jhchai Feb 28, 2011 04:51 PM

            Yeah but why would you get a croissant at Amandine when there is so much stuff to chose from that's even BETTER?

            Banana Caramel Nut Danish, wow

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            bulavinaka RE: Michelly Feb 19, 2011 01:11 PM

            Le Pain Du Jour in Santa Monica has very good ones. I haven't been in a while, but they were notorious for running out of their plain croissants and baguettes early. I can't blame them - it's part of their quality control. No day-olds, no waste.


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

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              westsidegal RE: bulavinaka Feb 19, 2011 01:49 PM

              fwiw, imho the almond croissants at Pain du Jour are better than their chocolate ones.
              also, the almond croissants at the Farm shop are better than either variety at Pain du Jour.

              that said, if i happen to be driving by Pain du Jour, my car will stop and i will inhale whatever type of croissant they have left. . . .

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                kevin RE: westsidegal Feb 19, 2011 07:12 PM

                hwere has really good chocolate ones, aka pain au chocolate, now that bite bar & bakery is now closed?

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                  westsidegal RE: kevin Feb 19, 2011 07:58 PM

                  dunno now that i've gotten hooked on the FARM almond croissants.. . . . .
                  cafe del rey used to make some amazing chocolate mini croissants for their brunch service, but the pastry chef left to work in las vegas. dunno what is going on there now at brunch. . . .

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                    munchabout RE: westsidegal Feb 28, 2011 04:59 PM

                    +1 for Le Pain Du Jour for the plain croissants.

                    These are some of flakiest, most buttery croissants I've had anywhere. You can smell the butter immediately. It's decadence.

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

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                      kevin RE: munchabout Feb 28, 2011 09:22 PM

                      Dbthey make chocolate croissants at le pain de jour in sm. And what are their hours? Hopefully I can get there before work tomorrow.

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                        bulavinaka RE: kevin Feb 28, 2011 09:30 PM

                        They do and they open early - 7:30AM daily. And do go early, or you may get shut out.

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                          westsidegal RE: kevin Mar 1, 2011 08:02 AM

                          they do, but imho, the chocolate pain du jour croissants are not as good as thealmond ppain du jour crroissants

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                            fdb RE: westsidegal Mar 1, 2011 08:29 AM

                            I like the almond croissants from Pain du Jour. Their macarons are pretty good too. I also like the almond croissants and cinnamon danish from Amandine. Don't care for Farmshop's version though.

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                foodiemahoodie RE: Michelly Feb 19, 2011 07:49 PM

                Weird, but I posted to this a few weeks back and...it's not here. Tried the croissant at The Farm and thought it was very good. Not perfect, but very good.

                Not traditional, but very good are the "pretzel" croissaints at Rockewagner Bakery on Arizona between 4th and the promenade. Ask them to heat it up. (Doesn't taste like a pretzel, it's just dipped in the stuff that browns pretzel dough so it's got that rich color.) Just recommended them last week to a French friend - and she loved them. There yah go!

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                  westsidegal RE: foodiemahoodie Feb 19, 2011 07:59 PM

                  i believe that 'stuff" is lye.. . . .

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                    foodiemahoodie RE: westsidegal Feb 21, 2011 02:04 AM

                    Yes, it is. But it just so sounds like a buzz kill. It's an acid that does a little pre-cooking.

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                      bulavinaka RE: foodiemahoodie Feb 21, 2011 04:45 PM

                      >>It's an acid...<<

                      It's actually at the other end of the ph scale - it's alkaline, and yes, it's corrosive like acid. The solution is relatively mild but I wouldn't want to drink it...

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                        foodiemahoodie RE: bulavinaka Feb 21, 2011 05:18 PM

                        Thanks for the correction. I've seen barrels of the (food) stuff - the corrosive warning on the side made me think it was acid.

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                    goodhealthgourmet RE: foodiemahoodie Feb 19, 2011 08:31 PM

                    Weird, but I posted to this a few weeks back and...it's not here.
                    this one?

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                      bulavinaka RE: foodiemahoodie Feb 20, 2011 07:11 AM

                      3 Square's almond croissants are very good as well. More hearty and substantial then a traditional French-style croissant, but the exterior is very crisp and flakey, while it is filled with a marzipan-based filling.

                      3 Square Cafe
                      1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                      bsquared2 RE: Michelly Feb 20, 2011 06:20 AM

                      If you want something different, try the Dulce de Leche croissants @ La Monarcha Bakery on Wilshire. They also have fantastic Pan Dulce and really good coffee.

                      I thought it was a little weird that they opened in SM. Of course, probably a lot of Westsiders don't make the trip out to Highland Park. I work on the Westside, so I was happy.

                      1. Servorg RE: Michelly Feb 20, 2011 07:10 AM


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                          mopeyboy RE: Servorg Feb 21, 2011 11:00 PM

                          Go ahead. Laugh. I would have. A few weeks ago I read on Chowhound about Thee's Bakery having a good burger bun. They do. Looked good, so I tried a croissant, too. Surprised me. Flaky, crisp, etc. If you're at Farmer's Market and try one, I would like to hear your opinion.

                          Thee's Continental Pastries
                          6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                            Servorg RE: mopeyboy Feb 22, 2011 02:24 AM

                            ''Go ahead. Laugh."

                            Just as soon as you say something funny... ;-D>

                        2. hyacinthgirl RE: Michelly Feb 28, 2011 01:52 PM

                          I'll fourth or fifth Amandine.
                          If Beverly Hills is not too far east for you, I found the croissants at Tarte Tatin Bakery to be exceptional.

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                            kevin RE: hyacinthgirl Feb 28, 2011 01:59 PM

                            how's la pain du jour in santa monica?

                            or la monarcha?

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                              antonis RE: hyacinthgirl Mar 1, 2011 12:09 AM

                              Agreed on Tarte Tatin and would add that their almond croissants are exceptional as well. But it's almost a one-man shop there, which means, they do run out of things and you have to time it just right some days. In return, I think the small scale (artisanal?) production is a good thing and rather rare in LA.

                              They are a block west of Doheny in the mall on the north side of Olympic.

                              I must add that their style of croissant is different than either Bite or Almandine (or the extra buttery style Anissette used to make). It's crispy on the outside without necessarily being flaky in the way Almandine's multiple, thin layers are. It's a matter of personal taste. For the moment, I'd place both Almandine and Tarte Tatin at the top of my list.

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                                Servorg RE: antonis Mar 1, 2011 04:35 AM

                                Place Link's for Amandine and Tarte Tatin

                                Amandine Patissiere
                                12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                                Tarte Tatin
                                9123 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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