You should start with the croissants. Clear Flour's are among the best you'll find in the Boston area—flaky, crispy, and delicately layered, with just enough elastic tug at the center. I'm partial to the versions with Gruyère and chocolate running through the buttery spiral, but the one with tangy apricot preserves, available only on the weekends, weakens my will just as much.
After that, the choices get tougher. Brookline's corner store boulangerie is best known for its textbook-perfect baguettes, butter-laden brioche (weekends only), and heavy German ryes, but frankly the shop's sweets deserve their own post. Behold, a survey of just a few of their rustic, mostly French wares—all of which justify standing in the usual around-the-block line.
Click through the slideshow to drool over the morning buns, financiers, and more.
Clear Flour Bread
About the author: Liz Bomze lives in Brookline, MA, and works as the Senior Features Editor for Cook's Illustrated Magazine. In her free time, she freelances regularly for the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, the Improper Bostonian, and Martha's Vineyard Magazine; practices bread-baking and canning; takes photos; reads; and watches baseball. Top 5 foods: fresh noodles, gravlax, sour cherry pie, burrata, ma po tofu.