Flaky almond croissants and lemon turnovers are only a few items in the pastry case that will catch your attention. From delicious savory tarts to cutely, packaged cookies, La Boulange brings a taste and the feel of France to your neighborhood with its woodsy interior, large latte bowls and outdoor seating.
La Boulange has many savory items to choose from, whether you are in the mood for French toast or a Croque Madame. Maybe you are in the mood for a salad with some goat cheese or the wild mushroom mac and cheese. Beside the already diverse savory menu, the desserts and pastries complicate the decision making process: Which item should one save room for?
Classic French pastries such as éclairs, napoleons and madeleines are just a few items in the pastry case. And to make things more complicated, there are about ten French macaron flavors to choose from. There are the classics such as chocolate or pistachio to something a little different like caramel or passionfruit mango.
One feature of La Boulange is that it is one of the few places in the Bay Area that has the cannelé, a pastry that has a dark exterior and a custard-like interior, baked in specialized dome molds. The texture of the cannelé may remind one of the moistness of bread pudding or the interior of a cream puff. But if you are in the mood for something a little more decadent, there is always the pot de crèmes or the chocolate ganache tarts. There are also a few seasonal dessert items like the cherry flan tart in the springtime.
This little piece of France has expanded immensely in the last few years and now has 19 locations throughout the Bay Area. It’s a place where you can stop by for some straight forward French flavors, savory or sweet. How about a chocolate madeleine with your latte for an afternoon pick-me-up?