Euro Pane Bakery, Pasadena
Finally made it to Euro Pane (okay, for the past three weekends) and I gotta tell you, all the posters who rave about their croissants are right. They taste pretty much like any croissant, maybe a little more rich (if that is possible) but the real difference to me is the outside not crazy crispy, but it has some crisp to it - not that limp stuff of other lesser croissants. However, the piece dresistance is their baguette. $2 of pure carb heaven. I could literally sit and eat the whole thing (it calls your name, I swear!!). Also, I have become quite a fan of their sweet cream cheese-filled croissant. Fantabulous!! Thanks for the recs, guys!!
Euro Pane Bakery
950 E Colorado Blvd Ste 107
Pasadena, CA 91106
I agree about Euro Pane, although their plain croissants still don't hit the standard you would find in Paris -- but I would not turn one down if offered.
My favorites are their custard tart with berries, and the pastry with sliced pears in the middle of a circle of flaky butter pastry (similar to croissant, but somehow better).
Yeah! Glad you finally made it! It'll be hard to steer away from the croissants, baguettes, and cream cheese filled croissants, but next time, try their egg salad sandwhich served a top their awesome olive bread, blueberry cream cheese puff pastry thing, date and pastry cream tart, and their granola and yogurt. Yum!
Also, I remember you mentioning a bakery in South
Pasadena that made croissants "the real way". How does Europane compare?
Another patisserie/boulangerie that I think makes a damn pretty good croissant is Amadine in West L.A.
re: Hungry All the Time
Euro Pane is wonderful. I swear, sometimes I think I'd move if it weren't for proximity to Sumi's thick-foamed cappuccino, puff pastry with pears and pain au chocolat.
But I have found Amandine to be pretty ordinary. As much as I love Euro Pane, I think Susina probably has the best croissants in town.
Made a trip there (it's on the way to work) after seeing someone rave about their almond croissants on this thread ( http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...)
Alas, they ran out of Almond. So I got the chocolate croissant instead... very heavenly (most choc. croissants tend to overdo the chocolate and use the milkier stuff... this one was just enough and dark!)
Their lattes are really good too.... great foam for non-fat milk, and I can drink it up straight w/o addition of sweeteners (a rarity for me.)
We went there last week and shared an egg salad sandwich and a meatloaf sandwich, both outstanding. Also some delicious Thai spicy potato chips (first time I've ever seen this flavor) But the hi-light of that visit was their fresh lemondade. It was the best lemonade we have ever had. Wish I knew what the slight little undertone in the flavor was. Maybe lavender????