Thursday, December 23, 2010

Almond Croissant Smack Down Continues: Lovejoy Bakers

My quest for the best almond croissant in Portland continues. Down the street from Pearl Bakery is Lovejoy Bakers, formed through a collaboration between Dan Griffin (former head baker at Pearl) and the owners of Pizzicato (Marc and Tracy Frankel). The cute bakery pumps out some incredible pastries as well as highly touted breakfast sandwiches. I got a tipoff about their delicious croissants from a PDX foodie I recently met at one of Portland's underground supper clubs. This past weekend, my dear friend Debra flew in town from Cupertino for my 30th birthday, so we maxed it the Pearl District for some research Saturday morning. Since it was late Saturday morning, I was a little anxious that there would be no almond croissants left. This tragedy has already happened to me at Ken's Artisan Bakery. Alas, the bakery was freshly stocked despite the crowds of hungry Portlanders coming in for their pastry and coffee fixes. And all the guys in the back seemed to be wearing Boston Red Sox hats? 

Lovejoy's almond croissant ($3) is shaped like a turnover (as are all their croissants). The pastry layers are on the thicker side, but still give way to easy cutting and flaking. 

The croissant dough becomes more chewy near the almond filling, but in a satisfying way. This is what I'd like to call a rustic almond croissant. 

The filling, sweet with strong almond flavor, carried its weight within the realm of the dough. Every bite had a solid taste of almond with the center giving way to marzipan heaven. 

Lovejoy also pumps out some serious Stumptown coffees, which is a required prerequisite whilst researching. 

In the end, delicious flakes were left. I would choose Lovejoy's almond croissant over Pearl Bakery any day, but the research goes on!

Lovejoy Bakers
939 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209


Mary Bergfeld said...

That looks delicious. Having found this one I'm surprised you are still looking for more. I hope you had a good visit with your friend. It is a wonderful time of year for a visit. Blessings...Mary

Ivy said...

Wow, this almost looks "like bougatsa".
My best wishes to you and your family for Happy Holidays and may the New Year fulfill all your dreams.

Helen said...

Whoa, this is a handsome almond croissant! Much better looking than the previous one you showcased. Sounds delicious too!

Happy (belated) Birthday!

Merry Christmas!

Banana Wonder said...

Mary - Still searching! I can't stop after 3 (I tried Whole Foods' version as well).

Ivy - Haha I WISH it was bougatsa! Xronia Polla!

Helen - Thanks for the b-day wish :) The hunt for almond croissants may end up in Canada, who knows?!

Anonymous said...

Xronia Polla Anna! I hope your croissant quest will bring you many sweet pleasure the year to come. Enjoy the holidays!

Banana Wonder said...

Ioanna - Efharistw! Although I would trade almond croissants for bougatsa any day :P

Kung Food Panda said...

That looks so flaky and delicious. I think I need one right now!

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Banana Wonder said...

Kung Food Panda - Haha , likewise.