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2435 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX | Directions 7700529.717228 -95.416119
Neighborhoods: University Place, South Central
an adorable, french-country inspired cafe. The menu is small, but executed seamlessly. The croissant is so buttery and flaky, the perfect vehicle for their sandwiches. They also have two cases filled with mouthwatering pastries and desserts. Got a cappuccino to go and was surprised to find chocolate shavings on top, nice touch!
I have been coming here for the past 25 years ever since I was in med school. The thing to do is to bring a book, get a latte served in a large ceramic mug, sit outside on a beautiful morning or evening, relax and enjoy. They make great croissant sandwiches. The clientele is a mix of Rice academics, runners who stop by after their run, young mom and dads with strollers and regulars that can't get enough of this place.
Bonjour! You dont have to be french to taste amazing croissants and breads. This petit secret has delicious cappuccino, wonderful almond croissants and everything you deserve. Enjoy!
Great pastries HORRIBLE service – I agree with what everyone wrote about service 'Chapeau' to the reviewer who wrote " no eclair for you!" LOL That was 'sur la mouche"! I am European, did my MA in France, and I am quite used to the French ways.
However the 2 *guys* waiting on people are just rude.
A little smile goes a long way when you're in this business.
The pastries are good but if I am having a particularly difficult day, they're just not worth the waiters' bad manners.
Poor Service Detracts From Good Food – Clerk counted receipts instead of waiting on customers while line developed out the door. When I questioned this practice at the busy Noon hour I was told that if I didn’t like it I didn’t have to come back—they were just following rules. Have been a customer for many years and have not noticed this “counting-the-money-while blatantly-ignoring-customers-standing-in-front-of-them” practice until recently. However, I have always noticed that service can be indifferent and even poor at times. I won’t be back. Good food, but there are many restaurants in Houston with good food that want their customers to come back. A good example is Kahn’s Deli, just two doors down. I’ll be going there next time.
Best Cup of Joe in the City – 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'.
Okay food, horrible service – 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.
Amazing cappucinos, patries, and desserts!!! – 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!!
We LOVE this cafe! We LOVE this place! – 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.
Nice cafe – 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.
NO ECLAIR FOR YOU! (Owner is getting too arrogant) – 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.
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