The Kouign Amann ($2.45) is king at Honoré. Living up to the literal meaning of “butter cake,” this is a fairly tall version with delicious caramel layers and kissed with a perfect amount of salt. You can sit outside in your throne of an Adirondack chair and be the envy of all as you crack into your crusty pastry and admire how well butter and sugar mingle together.
At Honoré, you’ll find different fruit danishes at different times of the year, but the Pear Danish ($2.95) is a consistent favorite, with the soft fruit contrasting the crispy pastry.
Wild Huckleberry Tart
In the seasonal department, this Wild Huckleberry Tart ($3.50) is simply irresistible. It's gorgeous to see, like a snowy Crater Lake of “cake” beckoning a look down at what's below. A bite starts with crisp pastry crust, then the taste of strong berries sweetened by a sprinkling powdered sugar, and finally some soothing pastry cream.
Honoré is the first place where I found Cannelés ($2.50) in Seattle, though you’ll have to wait until about 10am for their daily appearance. These are cooked a little darker than usual on the outside, but to no ill effect as far as caramelization, with the outer shell offering nice contrast to the soft, custardy interior.
The Croissant ($2.50) is one of the longest in town. I’m not the only one who’s noticed some inconsistency in baking results, but when they’re at their best, these croissants are quite crispy and offer nice contrast between crumb and crust.
Inside the Croissant
Lots of airy layers.
Welcome to Honoré
A sign of sweet pastries inside at Honoré. Grab a coffee and a treat, then a seat at the window, in an Adirondack chair out front, or tucked away in the "secret" courtyard behind the bakery.