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Bread + Butter Pastries: Excellent

davis_sq_pro Aug 2, 2013 07:06 AM

Just looked for a thread on this place to post a rave, and there was none, so I thought I'd start my own.

I haven't seen the actual space, but a co-worker brought a few selections on her way into work: plain croissant, almond croissant, queen's pastry.

Plain croissant: flaky, buttery, very good. (Also a bit boring but that's just me.)

Almond croissant: Crunchy on the outside, glazed with sugar and coated with sliced almonds. Soft inside and filled with really good almond paste.

Queen's pastry: Amazing. Kind of like a croissant but denser, even more buttery, with mild sweetness and a crunchy top. The best of the bunch.

Definitely a place I look forward to visiting in person as soon as I can.

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  1. hiddenboston Aug 2, 2013 08:02 AM

    Their sandwiches are great as well. I had a turkey sandwich on a baguette that was really delicious. And I've heard that their nutella danish are life-changing. Great little patio as well.

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      devilham Aug 2, 2013 08:15 AM

      Is this the spot in the North End? If so I had the duck confit sandwich and was pretty un-impressed, kind of a meager sandwich for $9, and the flavor was meh. I would rather walk a little further to Volle Nolle and have the veal pastrami at the same price point, and a much tastier experience

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        davis_sq_pro Aug 2, 2013 08:37 AM

        Yeah, same place. Too bad about the duck confit; I saw it on the online menu and was definitely planning to try it. Will stick with the pastry.

        Seems like small and overpriced is a common pattern for sandwiches at bakeries. I guess it's tough to step outside of your core competency?

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          9lives Aug 3, 2013 04:24 AM

          Pretty sure Volle Nolle has gone to a "dinner only" place.

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            devilham Aug 3, 2013 08:42 AM

            Yikes, didn't know that! Weird in that the menu seems so lunchish, oh well.

      2. ebone Aug 2, 2013 09:02 AM

        I have been going there for a kale salad at lunchtime once a week or so. It is very simple (kale, carrots, roasted cauliflower, grape tomato, farro and a few pieces of crispy kale on top with a lemony dressing), but it fills me up enough and appears to be a reasonably healthy option. Pairs well with some house-brewed iced tea.

        The pastries look amazing, but I have resisted them so far.

        1. maillard Aug 2, 2013 09:44 AM

          Queen's pastry = kouign amann?

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            davis_sq_pro Aug 2, 2013 11:24 AM

            Ah, thank you! I didn't make the connection and that's exactly what it is.

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              maillard Aug 2, 2013 11:27 AM

              Nice! I've been wanting to try this. I may have to go check this place out...

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                Allstonian Aug 2, 2013 01:34 PM

                Several reviewers have credited Lee Napoli with having come up with Queen's Pastry on her own, and the name, at least, does seem to be her own invention. Although "kouign" does sound more or less like "queen," it's apparently the Breton word for cake.

                1. re: Allstonian
                  davis_sq_pro Aug 3, 2013 06:41 AM

                  Perhaps Queen's Pastry is to Kouign Amann as Crack Pie is to Chess Pie? (i.e. a modification on the same theme)

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            ScotchandSirloin Aug 2, 2013 10:22 AM

            All of the pastries are the best I have had in Boston (although not a huge pastry person), but the Queen's pastry is epic. I honestly wonder how they can fit that much butter in something so small. The bagette for the sandwhiches is wonderful and the ingredients are fresh. Didn't love the Duck Confit, but really like the chicken with asparagus.

            1. opinionatedchef Aug 2, 2013 08:31 PM

              I think I mentioned this place in one of my threads about Lee Napoli's ChocoLee in the South End, her original base(and still operating) where she also has misc croissants etc on weekends (but the shop is primarily her chocolates, and has always had limited hours.) I raved her almond croiss. on an almond croissant thread on CH in the last few months. So glad your co worker found her new place; lucky you!

              1. opinionatedchef Aug 26, 2013 03:40 PM

                Sunday we stopped into ChocoLee, Lee Napoli's place in the South End, to pickup my order for white chocolate pistachio truffles and sesame caramels in dark chocolate. boy am I a lucky girl. Also got a number of her croissants which I agree are really super. The almond has a core of generous and nicely balanced almond paste, and the ham and gruyere has a lot of filling, enough for a sandwich for most folks. These croissants have some heft to them! I had no idea that Lee's new Brd&Butter is in the old Martignetti space; google once again confused me. Wow, she's just 2 doors from Neptune. I heard Lee say that Jeff (N.O. owner)stopped in the other day to say hi from a new neighbor. That's cool.

                I didn't think to ask if B&B is going to have more than croissants and Kouign Amann so I hope CHs will keep us updated as to new items there. :-}Also, if she starts selling some of her chocs there, i'm sure that would be a big plus for the place.

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                1. re: opinionatedchef
                  kewpie Aug 26, 2013 04:34 PM

                  " queens pastry" is what Bread and Butter calls their decadent pastry.

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                    southie_chick Aug 30, 2013 08:52 AM

                    Haven't tried the Kouign Amann yet, but I did try the eclairs. They are stuffed to order (with both custard & whipped cream - like a French éclair & the top is dipped in melted chocolate/ganache (?) instead of frosting) so all you'll see is the empty shells on the counter - they looked more cream puff sized than eclair so I ordered 2 'cause they were small.
                    Shoulda known I was "in trouble" when I was handed the box - these weren't that lightweight. I took one bite out of the 1st one & I has a "Sally" moment (like the scene in the movie, "When Harry Met Sally", at the deli). That really caught my co-workers attention. ; ) Yup - it was that O.M.F.G. good.
                    I put the other one in the fridge to take home for later but an hour later, I broke down & ate that one too.

                    1. re: southie_chick
                      opinionatedchef Aug 31, 2013 10:25 PM

                      chickie, TH YOU; i needed that. makes me feel so much better. That's how I used to be with Japonaise's Adzuki Creams.

                      It's funny, plenty of people know that cannoli should be filled to order but they don't seem to know that eclairs and cream puffs also need that last minute treatment to be great/what they should be. Now if i'm REAlly lucky, she won't start making coffee filled eclairs because then i'm in major wicked trouble.

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                    calvnhobs6 Aug 30, 2013 09:11 AM

                    I actually had some chocolate from Bread and Butter a few days ago. Limited selection - I believe it was just milk & dark truffles, but WOW they were good. Incredibly rich, almost like fudge. A bit steep at $2/piece, but certainly worth trying.

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                    Snowflake Aug 27, 2013 05:49 AM

                    The quiche at Bread+ Butter is to die for. I had it a month ago and it is still on my mind. I'll have to pop in for another this week.

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                      ScotchandSirloin Aug 27, 2013 07:08 AM

                      Had a Ham and Cheese Croissant that was still warm at B&B. Best savory croissant I have ever had (given that savory croissants are relatively hard to find in France).

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                        Parsnipity Aug 30, 2013 10:46 AM

                        Also underwhelmed by the sandwiches. Duck confit was okay but not $9-worthy. And I ordered a chicken salad sandwich and was instead given something with slices of chicken breast that were kind of slimy. Unfortunately did not discover til already on train home.

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