Get yourself buttered up
Consider this your croissant app. Some are better than others. Here’s what we tasted:
Au Bon Pain locations
Bread in roughly the shape of a croissant, with an aggressive chemical-butter aftertaste.
3346 Washington St.. Jamaica Plain, 617-983-8688
Plain $2; Gruyere, chocolate $2.25; pear and blue cheese $2.75.
Light, airy, satisfying, and interestingly untraditional with an exaggerated shape and pronounced (Vermont) buttery quality. Marvelous chocolate croissants. Every neighborhood should have a small, talented, hard-working bakery like this.
Clear Flour Bread
178 Thorndike St., Brookline, 617-739-0060 (no seating)
Plain $2.50; chocolate, Gruyere, apricot $2.80.
Classy and wonderful butter croissant bred with New England civility. The lines are worth it.
The Danish Pastry House
330 Boston Ave., Medford, 781-396-8999 (full cafe); 205 Arlington St., Watertown, 617-926-2747 (no seating)
Plain $2; almond, chocolate $2.75.
Competent, consistent croissant. Buttery and pleasant.
Flour Bakery + Cafe
12 Farnsworth St., Boston, 617-338-4333; 1595 Washington St., Boston, 617-267-4300; 190 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-225-2525
Plain $2.25; almond $2.75.
Inconsistent, but always an adventure. On a good day, croissants are flaky but still quite heavy. On a bad day, they can be tough with a faint chlorine taste. A work in progress, according to owner Joanne Chang in her book, “Flour.’’
Iggy’s Bread of the World
130 Fawcett St., Cambridge, 617-491-7600
Plain $2; chocolate, almond $2.25; ham and cheese, feta $2.50.
Widely available at local cafes. Good, but bready; made to last in the pastry case.
Japonaise Bakery & Cafe
1020 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-566-7730; 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-5531; 1032 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-738-7200
Plain $2.25; apple, ham and cheese $2.75; almond $2.95; maple pecan $3.50.
Boston’s best answer to France. Effortlessly sexy, brilliantly perfected after 25 years of practice.
Sel de la Terre
Croissants at two locations: 255 State St., Boston, 617-720-1300; 1245 Worcester St., Natick, 508-650-1800
Plain $1.75; chocolate $2.75.
Competent and consistent, croissants are made at Sel de la Terre’s central bakery.
Sofra Bakery and Cafe
1 Belmont St., Cambridge, 617-661-3161 (weekends only)
Plain $2.50; pistachio, whole wheat $3.
These whole-wheat croissants are light and buttery with a nice savory finish from the whole grain. Available in plain butter, or spiced with a blend of rose petal, sumac, and toasted sesame — aromatic and delightful.
Bready and mercifully uninteresting, but very consistent. Resemble bread-replicas of croissants.
The Four Seasons Hotel
200 Boylston St., Boston, 617-338-4400
Small, almost miniature croissants are light with a crisp, flaky exterior and a satisfying buttery taste. The price is jumbo-size: $7 for two, accompanied by a $6 pot of coffee.
Frozen dough for at-home bakers
L’Epicerie $15.60 (plus about $25 for shipping) for 12 croissants, 866-350-7575 or www.lepicerie.com.