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Napoleans
updated: Jan 19, 2013, 5:00 PM

Is there a bakery or restaurant in the Santa Barbara area that has authentic, all-custard eclairs or Napoleans that are really good? Renaud's may have Napoleans only on Fridays; am uncertain. Eclairs with a mix of custard mixed with whipping cream eclairs are not my favorite.


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 COMMENT 365346 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 05:13 PM

Renaud's!

 

 COMMENT 365354P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 06:00 PM

I second that!

Renaud's has a superb French pastry WIZARD!

His name name is Renaud.

He owns two restaurants. Tres c'est bon!

 

 COMMENT 365358P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 06:25 PM

Admittedly Renaud's has some fine pastries. The question posted, however, is does the bakery have Napoleans and all custard eclairs daily, and are they really fine.

 

 COMMENT 365374 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 07:02 PM

Anderson's on State Street, yummy...

 

 COMMENT 365414 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 10:13 PM

Renaud is also in Gelson's.

 

 COMMENT 365428 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 06:05 AM

Renaud's only has chocolate custard filling, no vanilla . . .

 

 COMMENT 365431 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 06:42 AM

Xenadu in Montecito

 

 COMMENT 365434 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 07:11 AM

Renaud's does not have the authentic chocolate eclair. I really wish they did. Their pastries are excellent, but, alas, not satisfying if you are looking for a true, traditional chocolate eclair.

 

 COMMENT 365464P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 08:34 AM

All 5 authentic Danish bakeries in Solvang have eclairs and Napoleans and Sarah Bernhardts and more! www.SolvangUSA.com

 

 COMMENT 365465P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 08:34 AM

Renaud's is a distant second choice to Andersen's on State Street. Try Andersen's Butter Ring, Pumpkin Strip, or any of their other fine pastries. They are delicate, and flavorful, not rubbery like so many other bakeries. Andersen's are worth every calorie. Also - the hot chocolate is the best you'll ever taste. By the way, Andersen's is not affiliated with Anderson's Pea Soup.

 

 COMMENT 365472 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 08:40 AM

I second Andersen's on State Street for Napoleons and all of their pastries. Renaud's pastries, especially the Napoleon, don't taste good to me or seem authentically French. I've been to Renaud's a few times to give it second and third chances and have no desire to go back again. Andersen's never disappoints.

 

 AGENTSME agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 09:20 AM

Fresco has the best Eclairs.

 

 COMMENT 365512 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 10:41 AM

Xanadu in Von's shopping center on Coast Village Road at the roundabout has excellent pastries, cakes, cookies and food for breakfast and lunch. Nice people own it, too!

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 10:54 AM

The eclairs at Wayne Kajar bakery on the Mesa are good and made daily.

 

 COMMENT 365561P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 01:04 PM

My 10 year old daughter pulled me into Andersen's "to look at the pastries" last Friday, and we got our first sample of their Butterring. O M G The butterring filling is a mixture of custard and marzipan. I heart marzipan. We got a slice, 1/4 of the whole, because trying to consume any more than that in our 3-person family would be true gluttony. We usually go for the apple strudel, but we have tried several of their pastries over the years and have always been impressed. While there, we saw gorgeous eclairs in the case, with what looked like true off-white custard filling, not a bright white whipped cream. So I can't say for sure, but I'd expect them to be perfectly authentic and great. Andersen's is a gem.

 

 COMMENT 365571 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 01:22 PM

WARNING: Andersen's Bakery on State Street. Don't eat there. About 10 months ago we had their high tea at a birthday party. 8 out of 10 of us came down with food poisoning that night and following morning. I was one of the 8. 2 of those 8 had to be taken to Immedicenter. Years ago Andersen's didn't have hot water in the building, but still did business. At that time a fellow building occupant to Andersen's warned me not to eat there.

 

 COMMENT 365602 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 02:32 PM

Fresco 5 Pointts is the place for eclairs!

 

 COMMENT 365622 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 04:00 PM

Wayne Kjar Bakery sometimes has Sarah Bernhardts. Yum.
Their cupcakes and cakes tastes great and do not crumble.

 

 COMMENT 365671 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-20 07:34 PM

Renaud gets up at 4am to start baking those goodies.

 

 

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