What: The almond croissant
Where: The French Corner Café, 72423 Highway 111, Palm Desert
How much: $5.50
Contact: 760-568-5362; www.frenchcornercafe.com
Why: It’s pure decadence.
In an area of Palm Desert that has seemingly become overrun by chains, the locally owned French Corner Café continues to stand out.
Since 2007, brothers Marc and Aimeric Davy have been serving delicious French fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner (they take weekday dinners off during the summer)—crepes, quiches, omelets, sandwiches, salads and some intriguing entrées (including rack of lamb on the weekends). But as well-known as French Corner is for its savory food … it’s the baked goods that have put the restaurant on the figurative map. French Corner is a perennial finalist in the Best Desserts category of our Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll, after all.
They offer pastries. Macarons. Petits fours. And what’s described on the desserts menu as the “best croissants ever.” That may be somewhat hyperbolic … or perhaps it isn’t.
I was in a hurry on my recent visit—rushing from a meeting in Palm Desert to a meeting in Palm Springs—so I got a few items to go, including a piece of ham quiche and an almond croissant. Between the meetings, I scarfed down the delicious piece of quiche, and intended to eat just half of the croissant. Well, somehow, I found the time to eat the whole thing: It was pure, flaky, buttery decadence. It came cut in half, with almond paste spread on the inside, and it was truly one of the best croissants I’ve ever enjoyed.
As I’ve mentioned before in this space, I’ve been trying to cut back on carbs—and the French Corner Café is not helping with this effort. This almond croissant is one of the Coachella Valley’s most delicious sweets—and is definitely worth breaking one’s diet.