The best croissants on the westside...WHERE TO GO?
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?
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.
1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Farm Shop at Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402
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
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. . . .
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!
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.