I noticed that there were some comments that the cakes where not as well done as the pastries. I think they are both divine but there are great and mediocre choices with any establishment. This is my favorite place for authentic French pastries and cakes-hands down!
The pain au chocolate, éclairs, and choux a la crème is brilliant. The plain croissants and Brioche while authentic as they come are less interesting to me. The plain croissants have just a touch more flakiness to the outer layers. I guess I like a little sweet with my pastries. The macaroons are tender with lots of coconutty chewy goodness. The fact that they have impressed me at all is really saying something since I have never cared for flaky pastries of any kind (I hate baklava and the like).
The cakes are fantastic. The Opera cake is absolutely perfect with a dark chocolatey spongy creamy goodness. Hints of rum and Kalua but not overpowering and very light in its sweetness. I for one do not care for the intensely sugary frosted supermarket cakes that most people seem to like.
The Tiramisu cake has also been a big hit. Its not my favorite. I will be getting the Choco Choc (chocolate mousse) cake as well as the Praline Mokka cake next time.
The baguettes are perfect with just the right amount of crunchy crust and pillowy soft interior. They also serve café latte but the paper cups for take out are not adequate as they often need to double up. Perhaps they were expecting to more people to sit down for their cups of coffee. Excellent coffee with not a trace of bitterness and very strong for a café latte style.
The biggest reason this place is my favorite is the low prices. Everything they sell here is so much better than the pseudo French bakeries like La Brea Bakery and a lot cheaper! The baguettes are $1 each. The croissants are $1.50 each and very large. The cakes are beautifully decorated and start at $28 for a 9 inch. The café latte is a $1.50.
As was posted before, here is the address.
Boulangerie Pierre & Patisserie
14352 Brookhurst St
Garden Grove, CA
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