La Boulangerie in Wallingford has intrigued me for some time, partly because the reviews on Yelp seem to either give one star or five – not much in between. I have to say my own impressions were more mixed. The main issue with this place, for me, was the unpleasant smell and the general impression that nothing had been cleaned for quite some time. There were a few tables, but there was no real incentive to eat there in spite of the good location and cute exterior.
However, I have to disagree with many of the reviews on Yelp in terms of the pastries themselves – or maybe I was just there on a good day. The brioche I had was maybe a little more dense and eggy than what you might find elsewhere, but I actually really liked it. People have complained about the overwhelming butter flavor in the pastries, but personally I’m a fan of using a heavy hand with the butter.
I also had the almond creme croissant, which I thought was fine. It was not super fresh, but it was not rancid or incredibly stale as others have claimed (again, maybe I was just there on a good day). At any rate, I probably wouldn’t return here, since there are far better (and cleaner) bakeries in Seattle. Still, at least I got a good brioche out of the trip.