I envy the French for many reasons, but particularly when I'm craving a croissant
. In Paris, or even Provence, a Frenchman need only walk out his door--and perhaps around the corner--for that buttery, flaky treat. In Denver, though, I have to fire up the car (a completely anti-French move) and head to an authentic bakery in Aurora or Glendale to satisfy my craving. But my driving days are over.
Katherine's French Bakery , an Aurora institution, has opened
a retail location just down the street from the Bonnie Brae Tavern
, and its light croissants--plain, chocolate-filled, or almond--peel apart in the perfectly layered way every Frenchman adores.
Plus, the Denver-based Katherine's has much more seating (and a cozy dining room) than its sister bakery, making leisurely Saturday mornings over a creamy latte or a quick mid-week lunch of eggy quiche a must.
728 S. University Blvd., 303-282-5888. --Kazia Jankowski