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Puff Piece

June 13th, 2011 Issue dayid

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Is there a more perfect dessert than an eclair? A little chocolate, a little cream, a little pastry. Ah, sweet balance.

Contemporary takes on the classic French version (Patrick's Bakery & Cafe and Patisserie Margo) have been popping up all over lately.

Since this isn't a baked good we'd attempt at home, here are our top picks:

This cream puff-shaped treat will make you think that that round is truly the destined form for an eclair. 3544 Grand Av S, Mpls, 612-521-7401.

Vanilla bean speckles the filling of this possibly perfect interpretation of the classic. For the truly rebellious, there's also a version with chocolate filling. 3220 W Lake St, Mpls, 612-822-1119.

Brown sugar gives the creamy filling a distinct caramelized flavor. Dark chocolate on top? Yes, please. 1432 W 31st St, Mpls., 612-825-1572.

Nick & Eddie
The perfect meal? Tuna nicoise and a divinely delicious eclair. The ultimate balance of savory and sweet. 1612 Harmon Pl, Mpls, 612-486-5800.

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