Le Boulanger de Monge
The long line down the sidewalk in front of this Latin Quarter bakery says it all: Boulanger de Monge is a local favorite. Fastidious bread bakers are in full view of throngs of spectators outside through the front window, making for a show while people wait to get in. The signature palm tree pastry is made with a fluffy biscuit dough; l'escargots (snail-shaped pastries) come in flavors of cannelle (cinnamon) and chocolat (chocolate). Various miniature loaves are turned out as well and incorporate savory ingredients of olives, bacon, nuts, or cheese.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.