Posted by: santiamtocoast | January 13, 2010

Le Patissier – Corvallis, Oregon

I admit I’m not a regular of this elegant yet boisterous little French bakery/cafe tucked away in an unassuming big-box shopping mall area in north Corvallis. But I want to be.

I stopped in this weekend on my way to the coast for some pastries, homemade bread and coffee. The lunch crowd seemed to be quite bustling, with most tables in the small but charming place filled.

Croissants seemed to be their specialty. I picked up an almond cream croissant – and, despite the name, was surprised at the creaminess but pleased with the flaky texture of the pastry itself. A lot of bakeries do pastries the American way, even though they’ll call it something else – too rich and shockingly sweet, and all too often without real butter. But these were just sweet enough, even with the cream.

I also enjoyed a blueberry cream cheese danish, again with the “just sweet enough.” And I actually finished off the crust of their plain white bread; usually I’m not a fan of crust.

Employees wore white “French baker” uniforms, complete with hats and frills. The place seemed well-staffed and efficiently run. Apparently they offer some lunch items and specialty cake orders in addition to pastries that are made daily.

The bottom line: Tasty, flaky pastries and pleasant European ambience. My only complaint: The name is a bit hard to remember, but then again, the only French I know is “bonjour.”

MORE INFORMATION
Le Patissier is located at 956 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis. They can be contacted at 541-752-1785. Hours are 6:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. To find the strip mall where the bakery/cafe is located, look for Richey’s Market (a couple shops down) and The Beanery (next door.)

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