On our way out of New Orleans, we stopped here Friday morning, 21 October at about 9:30 am.
If we had a “I break for” bumper sticker it would say French Bakeries or more specifically Choux à la Crème (a.k.a, Choux Chantilly or cream puff). We still cannot find one in which the cream comes close to the taste of those sold in south France/Marsailles.
So at La Boulangerie we shared a:
BLUEBERRY MUFFIN. It tasted great and was very moist and sweet but not excessively sweet. However, it did not have enough blueberries. There should be at least one blueberry in every bite.
ITALIAN SANDWICH: 7-8” diameter sesame seed bun with 1 thin layer of genoa salami, provolone, tomato and I think olive salad (see picture). The ratio of bread to meat and condiments was woefully off-balance. Instead of sharing a half a bun each, we threw the empty side away and shared the other half with all the fixings on it. That half tasted good. I don’t remember the cost, but it was about $5-6. I would never waste my money on that again. I downgraded them on value for this.
HAZELNUT CHOUX A LE CRÈME: My wife liked it, I did not.
CHOUX À LA CRÈME/Cream puff: The pâte à choux (bread/dough) was baked almost just right. We prefer a very soft bread. The crème was very good, but far short of the rich cream of Marsailles.
CHAI TEA: My wife loves a sweet, creamy chai tea and preferes the Dunkin’ Donuts version. This was pretty decent enough that I liked it.
About 15 minutes after eating all this, we both became very nauseaus. Hoping it was too much sugar too fast, we stopped in to the first Subway we could find and shared an anti-sugar 6” Western Omelette. Sure enough, immediately after we ate the sandwich we both felt better.
Regretfully we did not have the metabolic ability to try a mini French baguette or a croissant.
The service was prompt and courteous.
We definitely recommend giving the place a shot.