By Isadora Pennington

Monsieur Croissant, illustration by Isadora Pennington

Warm, soft, fluffy – those aren’t just adjectives I use to describe my cat, Peepo. They are also things I look for in pastries. With a flavor palate that ranges from sweet to savory, there’s a lot of variety that can be found in pastries sold at patisseries and bakeries. After last month’s coffee feature, I felt compelled to examine the snack that I choose most often when having a cup of joe.

To be honest, my true love –  the thing that I get most of the time – is a croissant. Sweet, buttery, flaky goodness. I used to shamelessly tear them apart and eat only the inside in my pickiest days, but in recent years I’ve branched out and not only eat the whole croissant, but also like some sweeter pastries as well.

This month I stopped by a few of my favorite intown spots to sample and photograph some pastries.

Jam Danish – $3.50
Little Tart Bakeshop – 99 Krog St, 30307   404-348-4797

Kouign AmannKouign Amann – $2.85
Proof Bakeshop – 100 Hurt St. NE, 30307  678-705-3905

Maple Bacon Doughnut – $2.60
Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe – 933 Peachtree St., 30309  404-600-4800

Almond Twice Baked Croissant – $3.99
Amelie’s French Bakery & Cafe – 840 Marietta St. NW, 30318  404-921-0278

Cinnamon Stick – $2.59
Alon’s Bakery & Market – 1394 N. Highland Ave., 30306  404-872-6000

Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.