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Honore vs. Besalu

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BennyShoga Aug 27, 2012 06:30 AM

Curious to know what your favorite pastries (and perhaps any other goodies) would be at these two fine bakeries. And which is better where?

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    CMSeattle Sep 22, 2012 11:56 PM

    Honore also has the best macarons in Seattle.

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      Charles Sep 23, 2012 12:51 AM

      Better then Ines? Cuz her macaroons are amazing

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        RandyB Sep 23, 2012 09:48 AM

        Are you talking about macaroons (heavy coconut treats), Charles, or macarons (French cookies made by joining two egg-white based hemispheres)?

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          Charles Sep 23, 2012 01:40 PM

          The French cookie

    2. frygirl Sep 12, 2012 03:19 PM

      Besalu - plain croissants and ginger biscuits
      Honore - Kouign Amann

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        mrnelso Sep 15, 2012 10:33 PM

        You said it, sister. The jam is lovely.
        Us decadent sweet-tooth sorts admire the twice-baked almond cream croissant, though...

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        HCGirl Sep 11, 2012 03:22 PM

        Besalu has the best croissants in the city, but I also can't ever go there without buying a ginger biscuit (or two).
        I haven't been to Honore in a while because I don't think their pastries can hold a candle to Besalu's.

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          Quintious Oct 1, 2012 07:22 PM

          The twice baked almond croissant at Bakery Nouveau would like to have a word with you....

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            babette feasts Oct 1, 2012 09:20 PM

            The twice baked almond at Nouveau and the plain at Besalu are different animals, not even trying to be the same thing. You can only compare a plain croissant to another plain croissant.

        2. RandyB Aug 31, 2012 11:43 PM

          Besalu for: plain crossants and pains au chocolat. Also very good cookies, especially lemon and cornmeal-lavender-sage. Also fresh fruit in puff pastry. James's style is mainly for simple but perfectly made. Don't go there looking for layered cream tortes, for example.

          Note by "simple" I don't mean easy to make. Croissants are one of the hardest things to make really well. You can't hide any flaws or errors with filling or icing.

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            Bax Aug 27, 2012 05:54 PM

            Plain croissant at Besalu. Everything else I've had there is good enough, but the plain croissant is typically stellar.

            Have only been to Honore once and it was late in the day and I found the kouign amann a little lackluster. But that may just be because it had sat around til nearly 2pm. I'm guessing it's much more appealing in the a.m.

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              LemonyRoux Aug 27, 2012 09:06 AM

              Besalu - plain croissant with jam
              Honore - Kouign Amann

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