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death of the croissant in new orleans

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Croissant D'or has always been a favorite of mine. it's nearby, wide selection, and for me their croissant has always been the epitome of european perfection. as a simple man, i almost always get the plain...their recipe & technique is simply the best ive had stateside -- flaky on the outside, layered, almost-gooey buttery goodness on the inside. at $1.25 it simply doesnt get any better.

as you may know, Croissant D'or is under new ownership. ive been several times in the past month and my report is in -- theyve killed the croissant.

price is up 50 cents, but okay. the problem is that they are now baking a crescent-shaped dinner roll. it is not flaky. it is not layered. its just a mushy roll. im shocked. devastated. what happened!? i assume they bought the recipes w/ the business, as i see many of the past pastries and desserts. ive heard baking croissants correctly is a challenge..i guess the new baker must just not be to to the task.

other miffs -- $20 min on credit cards (at a bakery? c'mon at least do $10, a meal for two), dont see gelato, and theyre serving king cake out of season.

this is disappointing... w/o that croissant i dont have much reason to be a regular. boo!

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  1. Oh wow, that's terrible news. The FQ needs a great croissant, I know I do.

    1. Shucks! Have the new owners kept the potato au gratin (served in the oval ramekins) on the menu and if so, has it gone downhill, too?

      1. Time to switch to La Boulangerie.

        La Boulangerie
        4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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        1. re: CidadedoCabo

          The coffee at La Boulangerie is so atrocious that I find it difficult to enjoy their croissants or any of the breakfast pastries.

          1. re: CidadedoCabo

            I realize this is a zombie thread, but I just had a ham-and-cheese croissant from La Boulangerie this morning and it was stomach-turningly bad. The middle was full of uncooked dough, and I don't mean it was slightly underdone--I was scooping out tablespoons of mush with my fingers. I gave up and threw it away. Then I tried the chocolate croissant I'd ordered--it was okay but meh. Pretty greasy.

            I love croissants, and I really don't have unreasonably high standards for them. I just want them not to leave a film of grease on my fingers, and I want them to be, you know, cooked.

            Does anyone have other suggestions for a good croissant Uptown or in the Garden District?

            La Boulangerie
            4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

            1. re: midcity

              Don't know if she's at the Farmers Market on Tuesdays uptown, but the lady right near the entrance at the CCFM on Saturday at Magazine & Girod makes one heck of a croissant -- brown and crispy on the outside, real -- is the best way I can describe it ;) -- on the inside. Had one this morning and was quite satisfied.

              1. re: rouxdauphine

                I can only make it to CCFM on Saturdays, but you're right--I was thinking in terms of permanent establishments, but I do really like her baked goods. I'll stick with her next time. [The moral of this morning's lesson for me was that I should've just waited 20 extra minutes for Stein's to open so I could get the bagel that was what I really wanted.]

              2. re: midcity

                On the other hand, they did acquire a new coffee setup and are now serving drinkable espresso alongside the raw croissants.

                1. re: uptownlibrarian

                  That’s good to know. I would always go to Rue for lattes and then pick up pastries at Boulangerie. It was almost like they went out of their way to serve bad coffee. I could never figure out why they didn’t step up that part of their game.

                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                    Uptown, do you think La Boulangerie is worth another try for me? They're in my neighborhood [my handle's outdated] and I'd love to support them, but I know I won't be trying a croissant from there anytime soon.

                    La Boulangerie
                    4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                    1. re: midcity

                      I don't know, I think ham and cheese croissants are pretty gross anyway, I wouldn't use them as a yardstick of bakery quality. I think their bread is fine, and it is cheaper or comparably priced to the "artisan" breads at the supermarkets. There are some pastries I like. Why not try a few things and decide. You'll be out what, $5?

                    2. re: uptownlibrarian

                      We drove over there in August and they were closed. I'm almost glad now. They had no web site and there was very little information that I could find. I thought that was odd.

                2. I just went to Croissant D'Or and talked to the baker who has been baking the croissant there for the last 20 years. He is staying with the new owners and the recipe is still the same recipe. The food tasted excellent as it has always been, however there is one big change with the new owners that I could not be more please with. The place is a lot cleaner and the horrible old bathrooms are finally redone.

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                  1. re: AngelineKimbleu

                    So much changes in just a few years. You can get an absolutely excellent croissant at Gracious Bakery (which also offers a pretzel croissant) on Jeff Davis, at Breads on Oak, and at Maple Street Patisserie. All are far superior to the croissant at Cd'Or (present or past).

                    1. re: Hungry Celeste

                      I am sure you are correct about the superiority of other venues (especially Breads on Oak), but none of these places are in the FQ. Petite Amelie has opened next door on Royal to Cafe Amelie. Have not tried it yet, maybe they have a killer croissant.

                      1. re: Hungry Celeste

                        All excellent croissants, and the GB croissant is also available at the new Whole Foods on Broad.

                        1. re: Hungry Celeste

                          had Gracious Bakery, it was drier than i like. almost dusty...i prefer gooey & flakey, the sort i enjoyed at CD. will have to go back and have em again since its been a few years.

                      2. In 2011, I would have agreed with Kibbles, but today I am in agreement with AngelineKimbleu. Not sure what happened when they changed owners, but now the croissants have improved greatly. I love the plain and OOOOOOOH the almond.

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                        1. re: TaTee

                          good to hear, will have to go back and try it out.