Sunday, April 10, 2011

Almond Croissant Smack Down #7: St. Honoré Boulangerie


I managed to squeeze in some vital almond croissant research before I started fasting for Greek Orthodox Lent, hitting up St. Honoré Boulangerie in Northwest Portland. I'd heard good tidings all the way around and was eager to check out their goodies in my due diligence quest for Portland best almond croissant. I biked across town on a Sunday afternoon. The place was packed mostly with older peeps looking like Kohl's weekly flyer models. I was worried they'd be sold out, but the bakery is in check with their constant crowd so props for almond croissant availability. 







I ordered an almond croissant and black coffee. The croissant was looking overly brown. Insert frown here.


I ripped it in half and the pastry broke like a crusty french baguette, not like a dainty buttery flaky croissant.




The sparse almond filling was a snore of the century spin off of marzipan. The entire croissant tasted like a slightly sweet baguette. Overly disappointing, especially for bragging about having a master baker from Normandie. If you're in the neighborhood, better off going to Ken's Artisan Bakery. New almond croissant rankings below! 

6. St. Honoré Boulangerie

St. Honoré Boulangerie
2835 NW Thurman St.
Portland, OR 97210
503.445.4342 

14 comments:

sewa mobil said...

Very nice, thanks for the information.

Diana said...

Yikes! That is a seriously brown and sad looking croissant! Bummer it wasn't a better pre-Lenten indulgence for you!

The Vegan Stoner said...

We love your photos and descriptions.

Ocean said...
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Ocean said...

You want to try this. But you'll have to drive down to Corvallis. Didier Tholognat actually IS from France and his Almond Creme croissant sells out by noon. Come early in if you want one...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Patissier/45506493742

Anna A. said...

sewa - Thanks for rolling by.

Diana - You confirmed! Waaay over rated. On a side note, coming back to the OC early June and MUST hit up that place in CDM you speak of.

The Vegan Stoner - Thanks! I love your blog. I can't wait to make some of the recipes.

Ocean - Wow, thanks for this explosive hot tip. I can't wait to cruise down the 5...

Helen said...

As soon as I saw that first photo of the croissant I thought to myself, that doesn't look like a cheerful croissant. I'm glad that you also clued to its inferior quality :) Glad to see that Nuvrei is at the top of your list, it seems like the best made croissant so far.

Anna A. said...

Helen - You know it!Not cheery at all. Booo, Time for Nuvrei.... post Pascha ;-)

Ivy said...

That last croissant picture looks almost like bougatsa.

Mary said...

Your photos and descriptions are always wonderful. These are no exception. It's a shame that the place offered less than you expected, especially after the long bike ride. Have a good day. Blessings...Mary

Indie.Tea said...

It just doesn't look right.
p.s. Have you ever tried a kouing aman? I recently had an almond frangipane one from the Starter Bakery...it was amazing. Given your love of almond croissants, I would imagine you'd like it.

Anna A. said...

Ivy - If only it was...

Mary - Ahh, thanks... I suppose I would be less critical if I actually tried making croissants myself ;-)

Indie.Tea - Kouing Aman sounds amazing! Never had it... Googling now ;-)

Kung Food Panda said...

Damn Anna, you sure love your almond croissant. How about a banana shake to wash it all down? :)

Nubian said...

I too was disappointed the first time I went to St. Honore. Their croissants always look burnt. Stuck with the fruit tarts. Those are delicious.