My almond croissant smackdown will never die, although I do believe I have found the best one in Portland which is why I have moved on to finding the city's best pretzel. Now, I look to wider regions on a more causal basis for the best of the best in almond filling, butter, and flour. I couldn't resist not stopping at the Bread Peddler on a recent trip up North to Olympia. I could tell this was the type of place pumping out artisan croissants. You know what I ordered.
Not only that, but they had an offering of poppyseed pastries. I had to order the poppyseed raspberry jam scone ($1.50) alongside my croissant. But let's get on with the almond croissant ($2.95) deets.
It was excellent - with a delicate flaky layers and an inside thick with almond filling. It wasn't marzipan - it was a thick, fragrant almond paste packed into all available space within the croissant's interior cavity. The entire almond croissant package put a smile on my greedy, pastry feigning face. A delicious runner up to Nuvrei Pastries in Portland.
I also bought a loaf of Pain Classique ($3.75) to take home for dinner which my roommate and I used to dip into some fresh Southern Hemisphere olive oils. It was the perfect crispy crust and soft crumb bread to dip in olive oil/slather with butter. The Bread Peddler is fantastic and a must stop if you are in the area.
The Bread Peddler
222 N. Capitol Way
Olympia, WA 98506