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Neighbor Bakery: My vote for SF's best croissant

pane May 25, 2012 10:05 AM

I've tried Neighbor's croissants a few times now--they are sold at Four Barrel, Sightglass, and Cafe Sophie (which doesn't get included among coffee heavy-hitters, but sells excellent, well-prepared Verve coffee in the Castro).

All the plain croissants I've had from Neighbor have been great--consistently so--with a beautiful crust, clean buttery interior, and a texture that hits the right balance between flaky and chewy. The other croissants I've tried in San Francisco have been either inconsistently excellent (Thoroughbread, Philiipe) or consistently bad (Boulange de ________).

Neighbor also bakes a pistachio and jam croissant and a pain au chocolat, but I keep returning to the basic butter croissant because its simple excellence stands out. The baker used to work at Tell Tale Preserve and Spruce, according to this article: http://www.sfweekly.com/2012-03-07/re...

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    hyperbowler May 25, 2012 11:29 AM

    Waiting in line at Four Barrel takes forever, so it's great to hear they sell them at Cafe Sophie!

    I'll have to try their butter croissant--- I also found the pistachio croissant too complicated.

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    1. re: hyperbowler
      pane May 25, 2012 11:58 AM

      Cafe Sophie's a nice place to hang out (or, in my case, work!) without the hassle of the name-brand shops. I hope you like the Neighbor croissant.

      I agree on the pistachio--I don't think it's bad, it's just never what I'm after.

    2. escargot3 Jun 17, 2012 10:05 PM

      Oh that explains it -- had a fab croissant with my fab coffee at Cafe Sophie yesterday.
      Great taste + texture.

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