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Really good bakeries?

Niki in Dayton Nov 7, 2012 08:37 AM

A friend with a major sweet tooth is celebrating a significant life event in NOLA on the first of Dec. We are hosting a dessert and Champagne party for him that evening, and need recommendations for wonderful bakeries to buy goodies. La Boulangerie and Angelo Bracato's are on my list; where else? He likes all sweet things, but really loves fruit based yummies. TIA!

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    Hungry Celeste RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 7, 2012 12:05 PM

    Gracious Bakery is turning out fantastic things right now: http://graciousbakery.com/
    It's on Jeff Davis, in the Woodward building next to the old Coca Cola factory.

    Maple Street Patisserie, 7638 Maple, offers a solid array of fruit tarts, small pastries, and cakes. IMHO, best petit fours in town.

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      Niki in Dayton RE: Hungry Celeste Nov 8, 2012 07:14 AM

      Thanks, Celeste! I will check out both, and of course, report back later.

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      shanefink RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 8, 2012 12:52 PM

      I have never been there, but I’ve had some of their stuff at events around town- Maurice’s. The stuff I’ve had has been sensational. Also, I love some of the stuff at Norma’s Bakery, two locations- one in Kenner and the other in Mid-City. Very reasonably priced too.

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        Niki in Dayton RE: shanefink Nov 9, 2012 06:03 AM

        Thanks! We will probably use this celebration as an opportunity to check out multiple bakeries, so keep the suggestions coming. it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it...lol!

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          ilikeNOLA RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 10, 2012 08:50 PM

          I can't help but have some input here and am so glad I read it to put in my .02.
          Try Dorignac's Supermarket on Veterans Blvd. Their bakery dept is top notch. If the
          person is from N.O.LA, you might want to consider getting some buttermilk drops. They
          taste better than ones at McKenzies. The elephant ears are good. Petit fours outfrigginstanding. Turtles not all that great. The cakes look great, but have not tried
          them. Really give it a look over and please don't snoot at it.

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            Niki in Dayton RE: ilikeNOLA Nov 13, 2012 06:40 AM

            I'm never one to snoot at a bargain! That's what brought me to chowhound to begin with; finding those wonderful, inexpensive, hole-in-the-wall type places. I will definitely check out Dorignac's.

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        ilikeNOLA RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 11, 2012 10:21 PM

        Hey just thought of another local place for bakery...Bread on Oak or something like that. Really good but limited hours. Something like Fridays and Saturdays only.

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          Gizmo56 RE: ilikeNOLA Nov 12, 2012 12:23 AM

          Breads on Oak:

          http://www.breadsonoak.com/index.html

          Open Thursday through Sunday. I'm not sure it would be a top choice to please a sweet tooth, but they do some things in that direction,

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            Jimz RE: Gizmo56 Nov 12, 2012 10:55 AM

            Maple Street Pastisserie always get my vote. I was just there Sat. visiting Ziggy. Dorgnacs has always been excellent. Havve not been to Gracious yet

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              Niki in Dayton RE: Gizmo56 Nov 13, 2012 06:42 AM

              Thanks; we plan to serve cheeses as well as desserts, and some good bread (plus whatever else looks good) will be a nice addition.

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                TaTee RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 14, 2012 01:04 PM

                Cheese: St. James Cheese Company on Magazine, Langenstein's on Arabella or Metairie Road.

                Bakeries: Whole Food and Dorignac's both have fabulous Italian cream fruit tarts that I love. Also look into Frances' bakery on Vets, the aforementioned Maurice's, Sucre on Magazine and if you want to take a ride, Zoe's on West 32nd Avenue in Covington.

                Chocolates: Blue Frog Chocolates on Magazine

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                  uptownlibrarian RE: TaTee Nov 14, 2012 01:08 PM

                  St. James is at 5004 Prytania.

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                    Niki in Dayton RE: uptownlibrarian Nov 16, 2012 05:19 PM

                    Thanks!

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                      TaTee RE: uptownlibrarian Nov 16, 2012 07:08 PM

                      Thanks for the correction, Uptown.

                      As an aside, St. James Cheese Company co- owner, Danielle Sutton, was one of the ten women honored today as a City Business Woman of the Year.

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                      JazzyB RE: TaTee Nov 17, 2012 07:30 AM

                      No to Sucre. Desserts look good but do not deliver, much like WF.

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                        texasredtop RE: JazzyB Nov 18, 2012 05:43 AM

                        I agree and their prices are outrageous. I got a small gelato last time I was there and I was surprised that it was very good. But I'd still prefer Angelo Brocato's for better pastries and better prices.

                        As for Maurice's, we've been going there for many years. Before Katrina it was good, after they reopened on Napoleon in Metairie, it never seemed very good and the selection was always minimal. Since they reopened the original place by the mall, we've been twice and it just keeps slipping. On top of that the last time we were there the girl waiting on us was so rude. We're done with Maurice.

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                          JazzyB RE: texasredtop Nov 18, 2012 06:07 AM

                          I like their almond kugelhopf. Although Martin's carries a selection, I prefer to pick it up fresh from Maurice's. The only thing I've had from Gracious is their baguette, which is inferior to La Boulangerie's.

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                zin1953 RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 14, 2012 10:24 PM

                Sucre.

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                  Tonto RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 17, 2012 08:55 AM

                  cake cafe on Spain in the Bywater

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                    shanefink RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 17, 2012 04:08 PM

                    By the way, La Boulangerie has made some real upgrades lately. They now have an espresso machine so you don’t have to get your coffee somewhere else. They also have gelato, but I haven’t tried it yet. The baked goods are as good as ever.

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                      Niki in Dayton RE: shanefink Nov 17, 2012 05:58 PM

                      Good to hear. I love New Orleans, but the coffee culture is not at the same level as the food and other drink...would love to see that improve!

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                        zin1953 RE: Niki in Dayton Nov 17, 2012 06:49 PM

                        Wouldn't we all . . . .

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                        texasredtop RE: shanefink Nov 18, 2012 05:46 AM

                        I'll be there in three weeks and if they are closed AGAIN I'm going to scream. I'm dying to try it.

                      3. Niki in Dayton RE: Niki in Dayton Dec 5, 2012 04:37 PM

                        And the winner was....Maple St Patisserie! Full disclosure, we did not check out Gracious Bakery or some of the other suggestions as the traffic, what with the roads torn up to build the new streetcar, proved a bit daunting. We did go to Dorignacs after lunch at Mondo (more about that in a new thread), as well as La Boulangerie, but Maple St had lots of small and delicious finger-food size pastries, so we quit looking at that point, and just returned there Saturday morning to buy. The proprieter gave us lagniappes of the molten chocolate bites, but our favorites were the petit fours and the teensy cream puffs. The warm apple muffin with cinnamin chips that we had for breakfast Saturday was the best.muffin.ever!

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                          VivreManger RE: Niki in Dayton Dec 5, 2012 05:51 PM

                          I am trying to establish how the French pastries in NOLA compare to what you can find in Paris at places like Pierre Herme, Pain de Sucre, or even Stohrer. I am not trying to disparage NOLA's bakeries, but I am trying to learn more about the style that these shops aspire to.

                          I live in Boston and travel regularly to Montreal and New York. For the most part I don't think any of these cities have pastries that match those in Paris. That does not mean I don't enjoy them on their own terms, but I don't expect to find truly exceptional products.

                          That said in North America I can enjoy a well-prepared fruit tart with a delicate flaky buttery crust. Although rarely found in Boston or NY they can be located in Montreal.

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                            Hungry Celeste RE: VivreManger Dec 6, 2012 09:06 AM

                            We don't have anything remotely close to Herme or Stohrer. Sucre tries for the "looks" of a high end patisserie (with lavish packaging, highly styled & visually appealing items), but too often the flavors just aren't there, and the product (at least at the Lakeside location) isn't always fresh.

                            Fruit tart fans might want to check out Chez Pierre in Kenner; lovely to look at, usually w/kiwi, strawberry, blueberry toppings and pastry cream, though the actual crust is a bit on the sturdy side.

                            And, to my taste, the best baguette in town (right now) is at Breads on Oak.

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                            Jimz RE: Niki in Dayton Dec 5, 2012 05:52 PM

                            Glad you had a good results with my favorite bakery. Ziggy and Pattie treats you like family, not customers. That makes them special. Come back soon Niki-Jimz

                          3. paz5559 RE: Niki in Dayton Jan 19, 2013 08:54 PM

                            Next time you come, Shake Sugary (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shake-S...) is also worth a look

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