I have an ongoing love affair with almond croissants and French macaroons. I blame the series of boulangeries we visited daily when we were in Paris. Guy has acquired a similiar affinity for chocolate croissants. When I found out we were staying right across from Renaud’s I knew we had to try it and start out our anniversary with a proper breakfast.
Before we even got to the door we could see the line snaking down the sidewalk. Mind you, it was a Friday and I knew it was a good sign. The five minute wait allowed us to see all the beautiful pastries as they walked by on gleaming white plates. And apparently everything really is good. We ended up striking p a conversation with a woman who walked over from her home. She makes the pilgrimage twice weekly and has tried nearly everything on menu. She said she’d never been disappointed and never feels bad waiting her turn to order because it means Renaud’s is in her neighborhood to stay. While the menu offers a wide variety of options, Guy and I fell into our typical vices, so of course I ordered an almond croissant and too many macaroons.
And way too many macaroons, which brings me to my only complaint with Renaud’s. You can’t see it in this picture by right in the middle of the macaroons was a sign that said $.50 and I ordered accordingly, except apparently, that was only for the vanilla macaroons. All the others were $1.50 each, which was not marked anywhere, because I checked after I settled my bill which was considerably higher than I had anticipated. They were really delicious but I felt a little duped. And the cashier was a little short with us but with a line out the door, during the breakfast rush, I wasn’t expecting him to strike up a long conversation, although a little eye contact would have been nice.
And the cappuccino was creamy and balanced, with a perfect little coif of foam on top. It’s arguably the best one I’ve had this calendar year. If you are in the area, I’d suggest picking up a pastry and hitting up the PCH for a drive and a bite to savor. Remember to treat your self.