I got the drop on this place from Dessertbuzz. It's officially called FPB but that P stands for Payard, a big name in French pastry. It made no sense - I'll be back in Paris in a week, but somehow there I was, ordering French pastries from his new shop on Houston. Dodo's gonna mock and tease me for sure. I can't explain it - I guess I was just curious to see how it stacks up against the Paris shops I frequent. The apricot danish was bursting with flavor but could have been a bit lighter and flakier. To be fair, I was there at 5pm, they're probably different in the morning, fresh from the oven.
The almond roll was very sweet - glad I had a latte to go with it. I've not had this in Paris, so I've got nothing to compare it to - it was light and flavorful but not mind-blowing. I've become jaded - I'm always expecting a mind-blowing experience. They have many of the usual suspects: tartes, croissants, pains au chocolat, eclairs, cookies, macarons but also offer a variety of sandwiches. I'd like to come back and try the smoked salmon on pretzel bread - sounds interesting.
116 W. Houston