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Jul 2, 2013 06:50 PM

Croissants in Worcester

Why is it so hard to find a decent croissant in Worcester? Outside of the markets and typical donut chains and Panera, does anyone make decent fresh croissants?

Also, any place serve dosants/cronuts? I have heard they are now this rage but have never seen nor tasted one. Someone told me they started in Southbriodge by a bakery that is now long gone.

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  1. Sweet on shrewsbury street has a version of the Cronut that was popular long before the trend hit the news. The flavor changes with the season and I'm not sure what the current offering is.

    1. I'm surprised that *you* are so surprised! Well, maybe you are just frustrated.....;)

      It's a tall order to get decent croissants even in the Metro Boston area. Quebrada bakery in Wellesley/Arlington does a decent job making homemade ones, but that doesn't really help you. The reason "why", I guess, is that they are incredibly labor intensive to make correctly, so most bakers probably don't consider it worth the effort. This as opposed to France, where everyone expects to get croissant and so to *NOT* make them would be a death sentence for a bakery!

      For a great video of Ester McManus making them with Julia Child, check this out:

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      1. re: Science Chick

        "It's a tall order to get decent croissants even in the Metro Boston area."

        Snobbery fully intended, I'm sure.

        1. re: KazamaSmokers

          Huh? I'm afraid I don't get your comment (?). No snobbery intended in any way at all. Just that it is tough to find good, homemade croissants in Boston. Do you have a secret place.....please share!!!!

      2. That place in Southbridge is now Sweet in Worcester on Shrewsbury St..She moved a couple of years ago to that location and now moving again in the fall in next to Voturno down the street. It is very good. I tried a couple of weeks ago.

        1. Crust by Armsby Abbey and same owners is very good bakery. Like Sullivan Street Bakery good.

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            1. re: mvlee

              They finally opened? I thought the idea was dead - they had been talking about it for years. Will have to check it out.

                1. re: Science Chick

                  They update their FB page often with the daily offerings. As a non-Armsby lover, i have to say the baked goods i've tried were very, very good if not a bit expensive. it's a great splurge both calorie and $ wise.


                  1. re: jmacd

                    Thanks for the info....very helpful. However, I do find it quite off-putting that I have to scroll through their FB to figure anything out. If they are going to bother to have a website, it should be fully functional with links/pages working. Hours? Any standard menu items? Prices? C'mon!

                    1. re: Science Chick

                      I really don't think they do have enough regular menu items that would make a static website worth it. the newest post is on the top so it shouldn't be that hard to find the latest offerings. i can't remember prices off the top of my head, it's been a while.

                      1. re: Science Chick

                        and, not that i agree with this attitude AT ALL, but i'm sure they would argue that they don't have to bother since the regularly sell out without it...