Almond Croissants, again
I thought I gave up this search after deciding France is the only place to get a worthy one but i've fallen off the wagon and taken up the cause again after having a couple of decent ones in London of all places. In researching new venues I came across I couple I missed the last time, Flour and Quebrada. Also saw a glowing review and impressive photo of one from Lyndelle's (huh, what?) slathered with generous almond goodness inside. That's what I'm talkin' about.
My gripe is that the almond is almost always nonexistent, save for a couple of sliced almonds thrown on top. Just this weekend I threw 2 in the trash from a place in Concord NH, Bread and Chocolate. Cardboard with trace elements of something almond-ish. An abomination.
Most recently had one from MA France, supplied by Pain d'Avignon, and one from Iggy's. Iggy's won that face off.
Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Well, I guess that makes me guilty of almond madness. Anyone else?
I remember a good one from Danish Pastry House at a farmer's market. Not as full as I'd like but enough to satisfy.
I recommend the almond croissants at Clear Flour in Brookline. It's been awhile since I've had one, but I believe they are filled with almond paste and then topped with some almond paste and sliced almonds. The almond paste topping gets brown and crispy when the croissant bakes. Another almond treat that's good at Clear Flour are the bostoks, which are slices of pain de mie slathered with almond paste and sliced almonds then toasted. Neither treat is available daily, so best to call ahead before making a special trip.
Never had one in France, but I like the one made by Area 4. I assume you can get them at their restaurant, but I have had it from the Barrington cafe on Congress St (which serves their pastries) and the A4 truck in Dewey Square. Lots of slivered almonds on the outside, a good amount of filling on the inside.
It's not close, but way closer than France--you should definitely try the croissants from Maison Villate, which just opened in Falmouth.
I'm not an almond guy, but I've tried croissants and pain au chocolat from some of the best places in France and Montreal, and this place is state of the art. Easily the best I've had in the US.
I'll back up winedude on this one. When on the Cape, you must try Maison Villette for some of the best French pastries you'll find anywhere this side of the Atlantic. It's certainly worth the trip from Boston, just to load up. Crisp on the outside with light flaky layers of buttery goodness with delicious almond filling gives me everything I love about a top quality croissant.