Croissant-Brioche

★★★★☆
29.7174 -95.4156
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2435 Rice Blvd

Houston, TX

77005

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absolutely the worst food I have ever eaten in my life. do yourself a favor and stay away from this bakery

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★☆☆☆☆

absolutely the worst food I have ever eaten in my life. do yourself a favor and stay away from this bakery

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We've been fans of this cafe for years. It's got a great neighborhood feel with lots of regulars. The food and atmosphere is the closest I've found to Paris, here in Houston. Our favorites include: croissants and danishes with a latte for breakfast, chicken salad or ham sandwiches with a bowl of the roasted garlic and tomato soup for lunch, and picking up baguettes or fruit tarts for dinner. While it's often bustling behind the counter to keep up during peak periods, the customers are always relaxed and never feel rushed during the meal. I've also found the owner and management to be sincere - they'll often be seen chatting with guests when the rush is over. The customer base is eclectic and includes European families, groups of students, couples, and people going solo. We've found it to be a very comfortable setting, so it's become our favorite place to enjoy a book over a large latte.

5
★★★★★

We've been fans of this cafe for years. It's got a great neighborhood feel with lots of regulars. The food and atmosphere is the closest I've found to Paris, here in Houston. Our favorites include: croissants and danishes with a latte for breakfast, chicken salad or ham sandwiches with a bowl of the roasted garlic and tomato soup for lunch, and picking up baguettes or fruit tarts for dinner. While it's often bustling behind the counter to keep up during peak periods, the customers are always relaxed and never feel rushed during the meal. I've also found the owner and management to be sincere - they'll often be seen chatting with guests when the rush is over. The customer base is eclectic and includes European families, groups of students, couples, and people going solo. We've found it to be a very comfortable setting, so it's become our favorite place to enjoy a book over a large latte.

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I stepped into this cafe on a freezing rainy day. Their amazing hot chocolate and food reminded me of my own years living in France. However, service was a little slow and uncertain.

4
★★★★☆

I stepped into this cafe on a freezing rainy day. Their amazing hot chocolate and food reminded me of my own years living in France. However, service was a little slow and uncertain.

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I like the local and very popular chain of French cafes La Madeleine, but as far as baking quality, Croissant Brioche blows them out of the water. Authentic French pastries that are never too heavy or greasy - my favorite being the soft, melt in your mouth brioche. The chocolate they use in mochas and pastries is also rich but not too sweet or milky; you'll see that quality reflected in your bill. It's located in Rice Village, walkable from the main campus of Rice, and is very popular with foreign transplants - don't be surprised if you do indeed hear conversations en Francais. The main drawbacks are diffident service - as the French would say, comme ci, comme ca, and... they don't carry soy milk for those of us cursed with lactose intolerance, but who love their deep, dark French roast coffees and espresso.

5
★★★★★

I like the local and very popular chain of French cafes La Madeleine, but as far as baking quality, Croissant Brioche blows them out of the water. Authentic French pastries that are never too heavy or greasy - my favorite being the soft, melt in your mouth brioche. The chocolate they use in mochas and pastries is also rich but not too sweet or milky; you'll see that quality reflected in your bill. It's located in Rice Village, walkable from the main campus of Rice, and is very popular with foreign transplants - don't be surprised if you do indeed hear conversations en Francais. The main drawbacks are diffident service - as the French would say, comme ci, comme ca, and... they don't carry soy milk for those of us cursed with lactose intolerance, but who love their deep, dark French roast coffees and espresso.

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At least, I haven't found a place where you can get a REAL AUTHENTIC Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame like I used to eat in France. Their other sandwiches are also great, as is the French onion soup. Sometimes the people behind the counter spea French.

PROS: Croque monsieur, croque madame, pate sandwich
CONS: often crowded

5
★★★★★

At least, I haven't found a place where you can get a REAL AUTHENTIC Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame like I used to eat in France. Their other sandwiches are also great, as is the French onion soup. Sometimes the people behind the counter spea French.

PROS: Croque monsieur, croque madame, pate sandwich
CONS: often crowded

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Try the French roast and the scone of the day. But don't expect a bubbly customer service experience, just get your goodies and keep movin'.

4
★★★★☆

Try the French roast and the scone of the day. But don't expect a bubbly customer service experience, just get your goodies and keep movin'.

Pros: Great coffee and scones

Cons: Authentic French experience

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After reading all of the positive reviews here, I decided to try out Croissant-Brioche. I went at an odd hour (3pm) when there were only 2 others having a meal, so clearly no rush. However, when I went to the counter, the woman serving was one of the worst at customer service that I have ever encountered in my life. I smiled at her and asked her a simple question; she continued to frown, mumbled some answer and just impatiently waited for me to make my selection. Not once did she even venture to not scowl at me. My entire conversation with her lasted only 2 minutes, so I wasn't wasting any time, but she made it seem like I was inconveniencing her by asking her to serve me. After we were done, she immediately went back to texting on her phone. I wanted to be fair so I waited until I tried the food before I judged the place... but it wasn't good enough to make up for the absolutely horrendous service. If I am desperate for slightly authentic French pastries, I may venture over here again; it certainly won't be for the service or any time soon.

2
★★☆☆☆

After reading all of the positive reviews here, I decided to try out Croissant-Brioche. I went at an odd hour (3pm) when there were only 2 others having a meal, so clearly no rush. However, when I went to the counter, the woman serving was one of the worst at customer service that I have ever encountered in my life. I smiled at her and asked her a simple question; she continued to frown, mumbled some answer and just impatiently waited for me to make my selection. Not once did she even venture to not scowl at me. My entire conversation with her lasted only 2 minutes, so I wasn't wasting any time, but she made it seem like I was inconveniencing her by asking her to serve me. After we were done, she immediately went back to texting on her phone. I wanted to be fair so I waited until I tried the food before I judged the place... but it wasn't good enough to make up for the absolutely horrendous service. If I am desperate for slightly authentic French pastries, I may venture over here again; it certainly won't be for the service or any time soon.

Pros: Fresh desserts

Cons: Surly and impatient service

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Comfortable and peaceful atmosphere. I like all of their coffee drinks, muffins, and their desserts are to DIE FOR! I have never eaten off of their lunch menu, but it always looks appetizing when I am around it. A hole in the wall but definitely a place you want to experience!!

5
★★★★★

Comfortable and peaceful atmosphere. I like all of their coffee drinks, muffins, and their desserts are to DIE FOR! I have never eaten off of their lunch menu, but it always looks appetizing when I am around it. A hole in the wall but definitely a place you want to experience!!

Pros: Everything is wonderful!

Cons: None.

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We've been fans of this cozy cafe for years. The food is excellent - breakfast pastries like the croissants and danishes, lunch items like the chicken salad or ham and Swiss sandwiches, and the baguettes and various tarts are amongst our favorites. The service is always friendly and I have found the owner and management to be sincere. While the mood behind the counter is often bustling to keep up during peak periods, the customers are able to relax (you never feel rushed during your meal). There is an eclectic customer base: European families, groups of students, couples, and people going solo. The comfortable atmosphere makes this my favorite place to read with a large latte.

5
★★★★★

We've been fans of this cozy cafe for years. The food is excellent - breakfast pastries like the croissants and danishes, lunch items like the chicken salad or ham and Swiss sandwiches, and the baguettes and various tarts are amongst our favorites. The service is always friendly and I have found the owner and management to be sincere. While the mood behind the counter is often bustling to keep up during peak periods, the customers are able to relax (you never feel rushed during your meal). There is an eclectic customer base: European families, groups of students, couples, and people going solo. The comfortable atmosphere makes this my favorite place to read with a large latte.

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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This cafe has a nice great neighborhood feel with lots of regulars. Our favorites include: croissants, croissants au chocolat, and danishes (my co-workers love it when I bring these in!), lattes, chicken salad and ham sandwiches with a bowl of the roasted garlic and tomato soup for lunch, and the layered pear tart when we host dinners. The customer base is eclectic and includes European families, groups of students, couples, and people going solo. We like coming in on weekend mornings for a croissant and latte.

4
★★★★☆

This cafe has a nice great neighborhood feel with lots of regulars. Our favorites include: croissants, croissants au chocolat, and danishes (my co-workers love it when I bring these in!), lattes, chicken salad and ham sandwiches with a bowl of the roasted garlic and tomato soup for lunch, and the layered pear tart when we host dinners. The customer base is eclectic and includes European families, groups of students, couples, and people going solo. We like coming in on weekend mornings for a croissant and latte.

Pros: croissants, coffee, sandwiches, fruit tarts

Cons: can get crowded

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Recently I went to Croissant Brioche French Bakery & Cafe for a quick bite. I purchased an eclair at 6:30 PM (there was no line there) and paid with my regular credit card. The owner said: "I need cash since this is less than $5!". I told him that I prefer paying for everything with Credit Card since it keeps my expenses on one statement. Also, I was upset with his frowned face and the impolite way that he approached it. He was not happy and made it clear with his demeaning demeanor while running my card. I explained to him that there is no need to be rude to the customer, and he said that "If the customers are not happy, they need to purchase their 'eclair' somewhere else!" I understand that at the end of the day, the owner may have had a rough day and he was not his regular himself. However, I recommend that as clients visit the place, they remind the owner that doing business in the US does entitle the customers to some rights and a level of courtesy and civility. It is just the polite thing to do in a civil society. I felt like I am in an episode of Seinfeld and I was expecting the owner to bark at me and say "NO ECLAIR FOR YOU!" There are many great cafe and pastry shops in the Rice Village, and the taste of bad service lasts much longer than any sweet pastries that this place may have.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Recently I went to Croissant Brioche French Bakery & Cafe for a quick bite. I purchased an eclair at 6:30 PM (there was no line there) and paid with my regular credit card. The owner said: "I need cash since this is less than $5!". I told him that I prefer paying for everything with Credit Card since it keeps my expenses on one statement. Also, I was upset with his frowned face and the impolite way that he approached it. He was not happy and made it clear with his demeaning demeanor while running my card. I explained to him that there is no need to be rude to the customer, and he said that "If the customers are not happy, they need to purchase their 'eclair' somewhere else!" I understand that at the end of the day, the owner may have had a rough day and he was not his regular himself. However, I recommend that as clients visit the place, they remind the owner that doing business in the US does entitle the customers to some rights and a level of courtesy and civility. It is just the polite thing to do in a civil society. I felt like I am in an episode of Seinfeld and I was expecting the owner to bark at me and say "NO ECLAIR FOR YOU!" There are many great cafe and pastry shops in the Rice Village, and the taste of bad service lasts much longer than any sweet pastries that this place may have.

Cons: Poor service by the owner

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I did not have a good experience at this place, staff were flakey and unattentive. I ordered a drink and quiche - after waiting 20 minutes I inquired where my food and drink was - and the order had never been placed - staff stood around talking and were not attentive to there job. Very badly run!

1
★☆☆☆☆

I did not have a good experience at this place, staff were flakey and unattentive. I ordered a drink and quiche - after waiting 20 minutes I inquired where my food and drink was - and the order had never been placed - staff stood around talking and were not attentive to there job. Very badly run!

Cons: Service and staff

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This place reminds me of a European cafe so many ways: it's tiny, crowded, mom & pop-ish, sometimes short-staffed (but they're always pleasant!)...at any point you'll be squeezing in w/individuals who are solo with their coffee, croissant, & newspaper...and w/European families w/children in tow. Most importantly, this is the closest I've found in Houston for authentically baked French goods. I'm starting to branch out from the usual croissant & latte in the mornings and baguettes for dinner. We took a chance and ordered an apple tart for a dinner party the other week. It was BEAUTIFUL and must've taken forever to make. We served it w/creme fraiche picked up from the grocery store. It reminded us of Paris and the guests loved it - just the right amount of tartness & sweetness.

The only thing that confuses me is why all the coffee on the menu is in Italian (espresso, latte, etc.) instead of French (serre, creme, cafe au lait, etc.)...but I'm guessing it's because Americans aren't as familiar with the French coffee terms?

In any case, this is one of our favorite places in the Village...hope you get a chance to check it out!

5
★★★★★

This place reminds me of a European cafe so many ways: it's tiny, crowded, mom & pop-ish, sometimes short-staffed (but they're always pleasant!)...at any point you'll be squeezing in w/individuals who are solo with their coffee, croissant, & newspaper...and w/European families w/children in tow. Most importantly, this is the closest I've found in Houston for authentically baked French goods. I'm starting to branch out from the usual croissant & latte in the mornings and baguettes for dinner. We took a chance and ordered an apple tart for a dinner party the other week. It was BEAUTIFUL and must've taken forever to make. We served it w/creme fraiche picked up from the grocery store. It reminded us of Paris and the guests loved it - just the right amount of tartness & sweetness.

The only thing that confuses me is why all the coffee on the menu is in Italian (espresso, latte, etc.) instead of French (serre, creme, cafe au lait, etc.)...but I'm guessing it's because Americans aren't as familiar with the French coffee terms?

In any case, this is one of our favorite places in the Village...hope you get a chance to check it out!

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I live about three streets up from Croissant Brioche, and take my kids there every Saturday morning. The apple danish is the best in town, along wiht outstanding quiche (all at a very low price) Not too crowded.

4
★★★★☆

I live about three streets up from Croissant Brioche, and take my kids there every Saturday morning. The apple danish is the best in town, along wiht outstanding quiche (all at a very low price) Not too crowded.

Pros: Pastries, Ambience, Quiche

Cons: Small Dining Room

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Tables strewn with newspapers invite diners to sit and linger over coffee or a light lunch. The bakery's wood-burning stone oven turns out some of Houston's tastiest baguettes, as the largely European clientele can…

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