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Chocolate Croissants (ISO the best in the San Gabriel Valley)

gwleong Dec 25, 2011 12:59 AM

I'm in search of the best chocolate croissants in the San Gabriel Valley. The best I've had were from Westminster, CA at authentic Vietnamese bakeries. But being that I'm from the SGV, I need to find one nearby.

Any suggestions?

BTW, had some awesome ones from Trader Joe's....the come frozen and you proof them overnight and bake them the next morning. They are so small out of the freezer but literally 'puff up' to twice their size when proofed.

  1. ipsedixit Dec 25, 2011 10:53 AM

    Euro Pane and Cloverleaf both have very very good chocolate croissants.

    But the best in LA -- and easily the best in SGV -- is at Proof Bakery out in Glendale. http://proofbakeryla.com/ The stuff they make can make you weak in the knees and cry for mercy.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      sel Dec 25, 2011 02:52 PM

      Cloverleaf??? And I thought that I kept on top of all the best in W. Coast bakeries!?
      Personally I have given Euro Pane Bakery a #1 and Amandine Patisserie a close #2 for S. Calif. bakeries for a long time. Very recently a blogger/friend sent me to Proof Bakery and Cognoscenti Coffee and I must say that they are very good, right up there tied for Numero Uno but with a much smaller selection than either EuroPane or Amandine.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        bulavinaka Dec 25, 2011 03:06 PM

        I like Cloverleaf (have yet to try Proof). The selection is always outstanding, the variations of pastries range from classic French to Taiwanese to Japanese, the prices are very good, the items are brought out fresh in small batches, and the coffee drinks are very good.

        1. re: bulavinaka
          kevin Dec 25, 2011 05:43 PM

          I also liked that old joint on arizona and third that was opened by chef giruad a few years back in a classic clock tower building, but has now closed and is taken over by a new restaurant.

          anyone remember? and someone also said giruad has opened up shoppe in the pacific palisades recently???? any truth to that?


        2. re: ipsedixit
          kevin Dec 25, 2011 05:42 PM

          really, Proof? I haven't tried it yet.

          Though so far at the moment, I really really really like the ones served up at Tartine.

          Great stuff. Seriously great.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            mucho gordo Dec 26, 2011 03:44 PM

            Proof in Glendale?? How about Porto's in Glendale instead. I'll put their chocolate croissants up against the others any day.

            1. re: mucho gordo
              ipsedixit Dec 26, 2011 07:42 PM

              Try Proof.

              Honesty, just try it.

              If you don't like it, so be it. But do try it.

              I've tried both and for me, anyway, Proof's makes Porto's taste like a really good Pop Tart.

              1. re: ipsedixit
                mucho gordo Dec 27, 2011 09:50 AM

                Actually, I've never heard of them. Are they an ethnic bakery like Porto's? Sure, I'll gladly try them.

                1. re: mucho gordo
                  ipsedixit Dec 27, 2011 07:06 PM

                  No, not an ethnic bakery.

                  Just a bakery (if that makes sense).

                  Give them a try. I understand the appeal of Portos, but never hurts to eat one extra chocolate croissant, right?

                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    kevin Dec 27, 2011 07:30 PM

                    It always hurts, especially if it's a bad one. But if Proof is even almost as good as Tartine Bakery, then I'm so fucking down.

            2. re: ipsedixit
              TonyC Dec 27, 2011 10:06 AM

              I'm being pedantic, but Proof Bakery is not in SGV, nor is it in Glendale. It's on Glendale, but it's definitely Los Angeles city (Atwater Village, etc.). It could be a serious haul for those in SGV who may not live anywhere near the 210/110.

              But yes, fantastic croissants, and even better, there's seriously "good" espresso with no attitude, something one's less likely to find in SGV (yes, I know there's Jones, and now an Intelligentsia). For me though, the eggy/cheesy Strata surpasses the croissant, and is only topped by Bouchon Bakery's kouign-amann in terms of ridiculousness (in tastiness).

              1. re: TonyC
                ipsedixit Dec 27, 2011 07:06 PM

                Ok, then, Proof is in LA County.

                Fair enough?

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Peripatetic Dec 27, 2011 07:42 PM

                  Note that Proof's hours seem to be irregular . . . this week, at least.

                  Their website says:

                  "Tuesday – Sunday: 8 am – 4:30 pm"

                  - http://proofbakeryla.com/contact/

                  However, they were closed when we tried to go at 1pm today (Tuesday).

                  They have a Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/#!/proofbakeryla) and Facebook feed (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Proof-...), but neither mention today's closure.


              2. re: ipsedixit
                raytamsgv Dec 27, 2011 12:30 PM

                I agree with Euro Pane and Cloverleaf. I haven't been to Proof Bakery, yet.

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                Fru Dec 26, 2011 08:12 AM

                Haven't been to Proof or Cloverleaf as I am guessing they are both out of my immediate area and for me, they are more of an impulse purchase but I can vouch for Nichole's Gourmet Foods in South Pasadena. I don't know where she gets them but they are wonderful. Buttery, flaky, with a wonderful chocolate center. It sounds like I'm going to have to at least get to Glendale and try Proof's.

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