Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Croissant d'Or (New Orleans, LA)
617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA 710116, T: 504-524-4663
There are several things from Europe I really miss, and good pastries (of the croissant variety) are definitely among them. So, I looked for the place with the best croissants in New Orleans and was steered towards, how surprising, Croissant d'Or in the French Quarter. It is a beautiful French style tea house with a large choice of pastries, sandwiches, and hot and cold beverages. Surprisingly, it is quite affordable; particularly for the French Quarter.
Enthusiastically I went to town on both pastries and drinks (including, obviously, an Orangina). The Frangipane was a bit dry and plain, but not bad. The chocolate croissant was dry and had an odd taste. Even the espresso was kind of weak; definitely more French than Italian. I later read online that the place is under new management and that has led to a serious decline in the quality. This could be the (only) explanation.
Croissant d'Or was disappointing, no doubt. In most towns it would be among the better pastry places, but in a city with options, let alone NOLA, it is simply sub-par, despite its affordability.