As part of an ongoing quest of my own I have a crushing need to try every respectable pastry in Boston. On the list is a trek to really do some damage at Canto 6 in JP and the place in Newburyport whose name is eluding me right now.
I have one other recent positive to ad to the list. Not quite true "Patisserie" but truly amazing was the Portugese tart at Great Taste bakery in Chinatown. Absolutely the best version of this (pasteis de nata) that I have had in Boston.
Just as a refresher my list of worthy pastries in Beantown:
- Modern Pastry: Cassata, Napolean, Almond Macaroon, Turrone, Zeppole di San Giuseppe (March only) and quite a few others. Not quite world class, but very very good and certainly best of Boston in my book for depth and breadth.
- Maria's pretty similar to Modern, a bit more homey.
- Japponaise: Adzuki Bean cream puff. Truly amazing, has to be tried.
- Athan's: Chocolate Jamaica
- Pistacchio Macaroons at Mike's Pastry (the only thing I eat there)
- Tabrizi Bakery Watertown: any of their cookies, particularly the walnut macaroons and the cream puffs when they are fresh.
- Ho Yuen Ting: Coconut buns. Pretty darned far from Patisserie, but still amazing, particularly when hot out of the oven.
- Clear Flour: numerous nice items, not really patisserie, but some nice sweets.
- Iggy's: chocolate croissant, almond croissant. Some of their sweets are okay but mostly clunky (the breads are excellent).
- I still need to try the dacquoise at Flour.
- Jim's Bagels Gloucester, numerous items. Not quite world class, but really good.
- Virgilios in Gloucester: best lobster tail, period.
- Sclafani Italian Bakery Gloucester: this place seems to close at 2:00 and is closed on Sundays but they make an amazing jam-filled donut thingie that is killer when it is hot. The old school vibe is worth the trip alone.
- Donut's: Verna's, Linda's, Demet's, Kane's, and in a pinch Ohlin's (butter crunch or cider only) and their apple fritter.
- Yi Soon (these are Taiwanese and so not as sweet as most western pastries) world class, perhaps not, but decent for Boston: Sweet potato bun, cream cheese bun, cheese cake (very delicate), chocolate walnut cookies, mooncakes.
- Italian Place on Route 117 in Lynn whose name is eluding me, a few good items.
- The Cafe Belo Brazilian chain has some truly amazing iced cakes, coconut with prune filling, caramel with passionfruit, etc. at various locations. Since the Allston one burnt down (now replaced by a much smaller take out joint) I have not tried them.
On the "warning, not worth feeding to your cat", even though they LOOK good list: Cafe Vanille, Truly Jorg's and Finale.