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  • dina Jan 18, 2006 11:01 AM
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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
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        HungryAlltheTime

        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
            r
            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:
              http://www.lovebirdscafe.com/

              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).

              Link: http://www.lovebirdscafe.com/

              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.

                2. Susina has the most perfect ones. They use European butter that has more flavor. Yummy. Butter.

                  I like the chocolate ones myself.

                  They also have a variety of savory croissants like spinach, tomato and onion, and ham and cheese.

                  1. amandine patisserie on wilshire has great plain croissants.

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                    1. re: kevin

                      Agree. Best I've had...by far.

                      1. re: kevin

                        also best almond and cinnamon croissants.

                      2. I will definitely have to try this croissant in NY of which you speak.

                        Not sure if any of these compare, but....

                        For chocolate, I suggest La Dijonaisse in the Helms Building on Helms in between Venice and Washington, near National/Robertson. They usually run out by mid-morning, though. Great croissants and only $1.85. They actually taste better on the rare day when you stop by in the afternoon and they have slightly less fresh ones left.

                        I also enjoy the chocolate croissants at the little French place in Pacific Palisades next to Mort's on Swarthmore, near Sunset.

                        The ham and cheese croissants at Peet's coffee come from La Brea Bakery, I believe. They are very heavy and a bit greasy, but I like them. Their chocolate croissants, though, are not so great.

                        Urth Cafe has a decent chocolate croissant. One on Main in Santa Monica, one on Beverly in Beverly Hills, one somewhere in West Hollywood. They frequently run out and lines/attitude can be a problem.

                        1. Might try Belwood Bakery in BH, Brentwood or Studio City, or Michel Richard on Robertson near 3rd.
                          I only hope the croissants from the NYC version of Fauchon are as good as the one on Place Madeleine in Paris. If Fauchon could be duplicated here in LA with equal quality controls, then all diets would be history!

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                          1. re: carter
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                            Dogbite Williams

                            I love the almond croissants at the Belwood Bakery in Studio City (I haven't been to the other two). Lots of almonds with a nice custard filling.

                            The almond croissants at La Conversacion on Doheny near Santa Monica Blvd. are also nice. They have a lot more frosting and no filling.

                            The almond raspberry croissants at Champagne in West Hollywood are really rich. They probably use more butter than the other two places.

                          2. c
                            croissant lover

                            I've really enjoyed the croissants at L'Artiste Patisserie in Encino. Three flavors: butter, almond and chocolate. They make their croissants by hand daily on the premises.

                            L'Artiste Patisserie
                            (818) 386-0061
                            17312-A Ventura Boulevard
                            Encino

                            Link: http://www.lartistepatisserie.com

                            1. Someone mentioned Susina, I totally agree. Their plain croissants are absolutely perfectly flaky and buttery. Topped only by the baked tomato and carmelized onion croissant.

                              1. I can't believe no one has mentioned les croissants at Le Pain Quotidien.

                                Buttery, flaky AND organic.

                                Better heated for 6 mins in a hot oven than cold, but still nice cold.

                                The only location I can vouch for - Studio City.

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                                1. re: Maxmillion

                                  Studio City Le Pain Quotidien actually bakes the croissants on the premise so if you get lucky or are willing to wait you can get one straight from the oven. The Pain Au Chocolate is amazing when freash from the oven.

                                2. Actually had a great croissant the other day at Anisette. A tad slippery but the right amount of flake. Also, it's a bit tangent but the pain au chocolat at La Provence on Olympic & Lapeer is my favorite in town.

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                                  1. re: Mark Sarvas

                                    paris baguette has some good croissants. especially chocolate croissants. get 'em when they're fresh.

                                    1. re: Mark Sarvas

                                      2nd Anisette. Very good croissant...esp if you like butter.

                                    2. Also concur with all the Amandine suggestions. Just had a chocolate croissant there over the weekend, and it was a delight. I attached the best picture here; a few more over at the blog.

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                                      whatyouseeiswhatyoueat.wordpress.com

                                       
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                                      1. re: Queequeg

                                        I can't believe no one has mentioned Boule on La Cienega. They have the best croissant outside of Paris. It's extra flaky & crunch outside and fluffy and buttery inside. I am completely addicted regular butter croissant and also their almond cream croissant.

                                        1. re: Eastcoast foods nob

                                          Your description of Boule's is identical to 3 Square's/Rockenwagner Bakery's croissant...

                                          1. re: Eastcoast foods nob

                                            I emphatically disagree that Boule croissants are anywhere near as good as Parisien ones (the dough for which is mass produced, in any case).

                                            I urge you to try one from Le Pain Quotidien and compare!

                                          2. re: Queequeg

                                            Yeah, Amandine's chocalate croissant is delicious, though oddly unattractive given the premium they place on pastry appearance. On a tangential note, I've become addicted to their Tarte Clafouti, which is vanilla custard tart with pears and a dash of raspberry. So light and delicious...

                                          3. I hear a lot of name dropping but I think a lot of the croissants from these places come from a central source (blast frozen dough). Another requirement for having an excellent croissant is to eat it while fresh out of the oven. Any croissant, after sitting on the counter for a bit of time, declines in quality very fast. If you can get the frozen dough from the same source, proof it yourself overnight, and bake it in the morning...you'll be very happy.

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                                            1. re: trvlcrzy

                                              You may be right. On that note, the frozen baby croissants from TJs that you just proof and bake are really quite serviceable! And cheap to boot!

                                              1. re: hobomike

                                                My friend told me that those at TJ's are actually pretty decent- and you don't have to pay the price of Williams-Sonoma delivery to get that!

                                                On the croissant joint-note... anyone like JJ's Bakery in Arcadia and Monterey Park? I saw their croissants the other day and they look to die for...

                                            2. I think they've got great Croissants over at Portos in Burbank and Glendale. In fact all of their pastries are fabulous.

                                              http://www.portosbakery.com/

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                                              1. re: mrsantora

                                                Love Port's crossants. The feta and spinach is yum

                                              2. what a bummer - Fauchon closed last year. God--can i make it to Paris by spring?
                                                Barring that, i'll warm up a few from Maison du Pain..or that psuedo French -Korean place on Western that lists the fresh-out-of the oven treats on the blackboard.
                                                has anyone tried the pretzel croissant at City bakery in Brentwood?

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                                                1. re: at4

                                                  I think the pretzel croissants at City Bakery are wonderful. They have a taste that is just a bit different than other croissant, while still being incredibly buttery.

                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                    Agreed -- I just recommended them to someone on the Manhattan board, as well.

                                                2. Anisette

                                                   
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                                                  1. re: hlv2eat

                                                    On a couple notes, I too like many of the places mentioned. I've said before that have a small failure rate from Trader Joe's frozen, like somwhere between 1 out of 4 or maybe 1 out of 6 just don't rise as well. But at $1 is okay. My oven is fairly new and reasonable temperature wise, and my freezer is too. And the problem is consistent enough I am assured it is not anything I am doing.

                                                    And yes, homemade is wonderful, but it is a great deal of work. When I was newly married back in the early 80s, this was an occasional weekend project, we had young kids and time at home for this sort of thing was a priority, and we had big appetites and all, but you can see why most of these places do not do it in house!

                                                  2. There are many, like Anissette in Santa Monica, or Amandine.

                                                    But I still think the best chocolate croissant is Lido Bakery in Manhattan Beach. It is a total hole in the wall run by South Americans, but I kid you not, their croissants are better than ones I have had in Paris. Of course, it depends on your taste :).

                                                    In the south bay, Hermosa Beach's Cafe Bonaparte has great cheese/fruit croissants. Raspberry and sweet cheese, yum yum. Their almond is better than Lido's Almond because the filling is more true to the bitter Ameretto style.

                                                    1. I think Michel Richard makes some tasty ones and they've been making them for decades. Although I haven't been there in a while , I would assume they are still good.

                                                      Looks like Regulars are $2.25 and Chocolate 2.50

                                                      http://www.maisonrichard.com/bread_fr...

                                                      1. The almond croissants at Amandine are outstanding! So are the almond croissants at Caffee Luxxe on Montana Ave. and in Brentwood. They're made by Breadbar and are soooooooo buttery. Awesome! Also at Amandine, some really fantastic strawberry french toast, and the Tart Rouge with juicy, sweet blackberries, rasberries and strawberries on a cheesecake filling and graham cracker crust. Wow! Actually, EVERYTHING at Amandine is great and they make it all in house from scratch. Like it should be!

                                                        1. The only croissants I will waste my calories on are the pretzel croissants at City Bakery.
                                                          They're magnificent.

                                                          1. The only decent croissants I've had in LA are at Le Pain du Jour and Intelligentsia Venice (the latter of which bought them from somewhere else). Bite Bar and Bakery's croissants were good before it closed.

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                                                            1. re: sushigirlie

                                                              i love the pain du jour almond croissants:
                                                              their chocolate, not as much.

                                                              1. re: westsidegal

                                                                Agree re chocolate.

                                                            2. I can't talk about all the places below but would agree that Breadbar or Europane are reliable sources for good croissants. Intelligentsia Pasadena has very decent ones too and fairly buttery if that's what you're looking for. Intelligentsia Silverlake gets them from Homeboys Industries and they are somewhat honest but unfortunately not always 'from the day' as far as I can tell.

                                                              Now here's the scoop. I did not see anyone mentioning it in the thread below but "Little Flower Candy Co. in Pasadena makes probably one of the best croissant around. It is absolutely stellar. In my decade as a French expat in LA, it comes closest to what I consider the perfect croissant.

                                                              Little Flower Candy Co
                                                              1424 W Colorado Blvd
                                                              Pasadena, CA 91105-1414
                                                              (626) 304-4800

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                                                              Little Flower Candy Co
                                                              1424 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

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                                                              1. re: whoatemycroissant

                                                                Strange that there is absolutely no mention on their website of the fact that they sell croissants.

                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                  Little Flower's website is more about their candy making operations than the cafe they operate at the same location. In addition to croissants, they also make almond croissants stuffed with an almond flour-based paste sprinkled with thinly sliced almonds and powdered sugar. Again, pretty much the real deal.

                                                              2. Old thread, things change. The small size version at Breadbar (especially the 3rd street location for some rason) are the best I've had in the city. Small croissants maintain a perfect tension between crisp crust to soft internior. Pain au chocolat also very good.

                                                                I don't particularly like the ones at Amandine. Too big, too poufy, but nice butter flavor.