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Jan 18, 2006 11:01 AM

Best croissant in LA?

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i'm looking for croissants like the perfect ones at Fauchon in NY... with an extremely high real butter content that almost warrants the $4.50 price. the LaBrea Bakery ones are ok if heated in the oven to crisp them a bit, and Maison du Pain's are interesting--with a bit of sweetness to the outer layer...but nothing like Fauchon. Any ideas?

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  1. try the almond croissants at amandine...also, if you don't mind driving out to pasadena, try europane

    Amandine Patissiere
    12225 Wilshire Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90025-1105
    (310) 979-3211

    Euro Pane
    950 E Colorado Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91106
    (626) 577-1828

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    1. re: byy123

      I agree with Almandine. I am more of a pain au chocolat fan though.

      1. re: byy123

        You took the words right out of my mouth!
        Try them both... Amandine and Europane

        1. re: byy123

          Anisette Brasserie
          225 Santa Monica Blvd
          Santa Monica, CA 90401
          (310) 395-3200

        2. The LBB croissant is sadly diminished. The Boule version is the only version in town worth the calories.

          I remember the Europane one as very fine but it has been several years since I've been.

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          1. re: JudiAU
            Robert Thornton

            Europane is still very good; we walk there on the weekends, which is a real pleasure.

          2. Le Pain du Jour, 828 Pico Blvd., Suite 2, Santa Monica, (310) 399-4870. Call for hours and go early.

            1. The best European style pastries we have eaten
              are from Love Birds Cafe & Bakery in Pasadena.

              All of the croissants are lovely. Of course
              homemade is the best but Love Birds saves
              all the work.

              All of their pastries are "almost" as good
              as we have had in Europe. And the prices
              are ridiculously cheap so you can try many.

              Here is link:

              I have not been to their Alhambra or Monterey Park locations.

              I think Europane is overrated and expensive.

              FYI, the Costco croissants are really good too
              (big box).


              1. I love the croissants and almond croissants at Delice Bakery on Pico, a few blocks west of La Cienega. Also, Breadbar on 3rd Street in West Hollywood has amazing croissants.

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                1. re: lipps

                  I second Delice - As good as I have had, besides my single, too-short, visit to Paris.