I like french pastries and I can not lie. You other brothers can't deny, that when a girl walks in with an itty bitty crepe and round thing called a Beignet, you get SPRUNG. Wanna pull out your camera 'cause you noticed that eclair was stuffed. Deep in the apron she's wearing, I'm hooked and I can't stop staring. Oh baby I wanna get with ya and take a food picture...
Ok, ok you get my point. Sir Mix-A-Lot aside, I really do love french pastries. It was about a little over a year ago when I first discovered Delices De France. I was driving down US1 on my way home from a baby shower and I saw a small, unassuming sign that read “French Bakery.” I made a hard right into the shopping plaza, almost causing an accident and nearly taking out an abuelita in her wheelchair. I fell in love and ever since, I make it a point to stop every time I'm in the neighborhood.
The bakery bakes their own bread daily with their selection including white mountain loaf, olive bread, farmer's bread, sweet and savory brioche, ciabatta and french baguette (duh). They offer a small selection of sandwiches on your choice of bread and they serve up a secretly blended coffee. I say 'secretly' because when asked what type of coffee they use, I was told in a
snooty French accent by the cashier, “It is a secret blend selected by the owner.” C'est la vie. The main attraction at this place (for me) is their large selection of croissants and pastries.
Their croissants come plain or stuffed with a variety of fillings. The dough on these bad boys is fluffy, buttery and flaky. Just great. The fllings offered include chocolate, almond, guava, almond and chocolate and ham and cheese. They're all made in-house daily. My personal favorite is the guava which uses a real slab of guava paste. In my opinion, the guava croissant embodies the perfect marriage between Paris and Miami.
Their sweet brioche comes topped with sugar and is perfect all by itself. The crust is buttery and so pretty you almost don't want to eat it, but fuck that I'm HONGRY. The inside is warm and melt in your mouth good. The sugar over the top gives it an added little crunch.
Delices De France
14453 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33176