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Flaky, buttery, croissant

bxgirl Jan 2, 2014 06:00 PM

I am in search of a great croissant in Boston/ Newton. I am from New York, and love the ones at Patisserie Claude in Greenwich Village, (if anyone is familiiar with that gem).
If you can recommend a place to get a wonderful, flaky, buttery, lick-your-fingers-to pick-up the flakes, croissant, I'd love to hear about it!!

  1. Science Chick Jan 4, 2014 01:58 PM

    Great suggestions all around. I'll add Quebrada's in Wellesley and Arlington....quite respectable as well. Avoid Athan's in Brookline! I once watched them taking them out of a frozen box and baking!

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    1. re: Science Chick
      teezeetoo Jan 4, 2014 02:09 PM

      Do not avoid Athans. They make their own croissants and distribute to their two locations where they are baked on the spot. They are surprisingly good as are their scones. My own favorites can be found at Japonaise, particularly their almond croissants.

      1. re: teezeetoo
        Science Chick Jan 5, 2014 01:10 PM

        Hmm...I would be pleased to discover that I was wrong about Athans. So why did I see the frozen box from some commercial distributor?

        1. re: Science Chick
          amsalias Jan 7, 2014 09:10 PM

          I wonder if both Science Chick and teezeetoo are right. I've had to-die-for croissants at Athans in Brookline and ones that were just meh. Perhaps they defrost the frozen when they run out of fresh? It's hard to explain the vast difference in quality I've experienced there.

          1. re: amsalias
            Science Chick Jan 8, 2014 08:47 AM

            THat is an interesting possibility that I hadn't considered...

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      bxgirl Jan 3, 2014 04:31 PM

      Thank you all so much (especially for the link to a previous thread on this topic)!!!
      It looks like Clear Flour gets a lot of love here, and I'll have to try it.
      Thanks, again.

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        TimTamGirl Jan 3, 2014 10:45 AM

        Flour is reliably good, and I've had good ones at Render too; however, the best I've found is at Chocolee on Dartmouth Street (near Back Bay Station). Holy wow. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's a chocolate shop; the croissants are, in my opinion, the real prize.

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        1. re: TimTamGirl
          catsmeow Jan 3, 2014 01:28 PM

          Chocolee is also the owner of Bread and Butter that was mentioned above. It's a cafe type place that, in addition to the wonderful croissants and pastries, has some really good sandwiches. It's located on the edge of the North End at the corner of Salem St and Cross St.

          1. re: catsmeow
            Allstonian Jan 8, 2014 05:00 AM

            Just wanted to clarify one wee point: Lee Napoli owns both Chocolee and Bread + Butter.

        2. Karl S Jan 3, 2014 10:40 AM

          Some recent updates to an old popular local croissant thread:


          1. gini Jan 3, 2014 09:59 AM

            Canto 6 in JP!

            1. hungrytommy Jan 3, 2014 07:18 AM

              Have you tried Flour? I think it's quite good. My go to is La Provence in Concord, MA but that might be too far from you.


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                marketpeach Jan 3, 2014 06:47 AM

                I love the croissant at Clear Flour Bread Bakery in Brookline (Coolidge Corner area)

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                  Albie Jan 3, 2014 08:21 AM

                  Plus one for Clear Flour.

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                    Jenny Ondioline Jan 3, 2014 09:19 AM


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                      kimfair1 Jan 3, 2014 10:35 AM

                      Fourth. Especially the Gruyere cheese ones.

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                        LilBrownBat Jan 8, 2014 01:46 PM

                        Fifth. Best in Boston IME.

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                  bear Jan 2, 2014 06:05 PM

                  I like the croissant at the Thinking Cup, either the Beacon St. location or the North End place. If you like cappuccinos, give theirs a try.

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                    9lives Jan 2, 2014 06:52 PM

                    Love Thinking Cup. Ms 9 had a croissant today. BTW, on Tremont not Beacon..opening a 3rd spot on Newbury in the near future.

                    I also like Bread and Butter on Cross St, North End.

                    1. re: 9lives
                      bear Jan 2, 2014 06:54 PM

                      Oops, of course, Tremont! Thanks for the correction. Great to hear about Newbury.

                      I was pretty tempted by Bread and Butter last week, but went for the tried-and-true Thinking Cup around the block. I'll get there soon.

                      1. re: 9lives
                        C. Hamster Jan 3, 2014 07:00 AM

                        Just when my office moves off Newbury they get Shake Shack and croissants!


                        Better for my waistline I guess ....

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