Thursday, March 29, 2012

La Boulangerie (New Orleans, LA)

4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, T: 504-269-3777

Few things are what they seem in New Orleans, but La Boulangerie looks and is a real French bakery serving Old Continent quality bread, pastries, and sandwiches. It is located in Uptown, a hipster area close to Tulane University-and an oasis of relaxation after several days in the loud and tacky French Quarter. The place is always crowded with locals and tourists alike.

For a European stranded in the United States, who has enjoyed eight years of great bread and pastries in Antwerp, La Boulangerie is as close to heaven as you can get. It has an incredible range of breads and pastries, all freshly made with authentic ingredients. We had a whole range of things, which we spread out over breakfast and lunch. The croissant was crispy and flaky with a thin sweet coating-seriously one of the best I have ever had (even in France!). The chocolate croissant had the same base, but had two small sticks of high quality chocolate-delicious! The chicken sandwich had chunks of grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, and egg on a solid but not crunchy baguette-very tasty. The apple cinnamon pasty was a fresh, not too sweet, flaky pastry-top quality, reminding me of the best bakeries in Antwerp. Finally, the almond chocolate croissant was covered with slivers of almond and filled with almond paste and chocolate-SCRUMPTIOUS!!! In addition, they had some good coffee too.

VERDICT: 97/100
La Boulangerie is as close to France as you can get in the US. It is not just the best French bakery I have visited in the US, it would even be considered a good place in Paris.

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