Note: this is not a real croissant (or cup of coffee) — Photo courtesy of Kecko
Author Fran Lebowitz once said of New York City: "Do you know on this one block you can buy croissants in five different places? There's one store called Bonjour, Croissant. It makes me want to go to Paris and open a store called Hello, Toast."
If ever you were looking for proof that some things just sound better in French, compare the sound of "Bonjour, Croissant" to "Hello, Toast."
Lebowitz was being characteristically witty and insightful, but what she may not have known when she made this crack was this: on Queen Street in Toronto you can actually find a place called Bonjour, Brioche and a place called Hello, Toast, and (here's the kicker) they're within a block of one another.
Other great spots around the country where you can find superb croissants include (but are certainly not limited to): Diamond Deli in Akron, OH, Artisan Boulanger Patissier in Philly, and the French Riviera Bakery in Houston, TX.