So I've been on a bit of a Parisian macaron rampage lately, trying to find something as good as I've had in Paris or Singapore. No luck yet, but I keep searching. Here's what I've found so far:
- Miel Bon Bons in Carrboro sells macarons by special order only, but sometimes you can get some leftovers from a wedding order if you come in on Saturday morning. After several attempts, I finally got my hands on a few a couple weeks ago. Sadly, they were just OK. A bit too sweet, without well-defined flavor. The chocolate macaron had a brownie/cocoa-like taste that I don't like. Disappointing, since I think Miel Bon Bons makes some of the best chocolates in the Triangle.
- Lately, A Southern Season has been selling a half-dozen or so flavors of mini macaron in their pastry case. When I asked where they were from, one person said they were from Sugarland, another told me they were imported from abroad. They're pretty decent - reasonable texture, if a bit soft. Some flavors - pistachio, orange - are bright and sharp, while others, like caramel, are ill-defined or too sweet.
- Open Eye Cafe & Cafe Driade sell macarons made by a local baker, though I can't remember their name. I had a chocolate and a hazelnut. The chocolate had the aforementioned "brownie taste" and overly-moist texture (of course this could be due to the NC summer humidity), but the hazelnut was pretty good. Large.
- Amelia. The worst. Sugary, bland. Couldn't tell the lemon from the vanilla. :(
Unfortunately, neither of the Triangle's French bakeries (La Farm, Valour's) make macarons. I've been meaning to try the ones from the freezer section at Trader Joe's (not that I have high hopes!).
Does anyone have any intel on other places to look for good macarons?
A Southern Season
201 S Estes Dr Ste 101, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Open Eye Cafe
101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510