I forgot to take a picture of this Croissant, and wrote this review after-the-fact.
About the Store
Detour Bakery is an independently owned retail bakery in Southeast Denver, Colorado. I found it in January 2021 during a trip to Denver, on a morning I needed to get out and walk around.
The croissants at Detour are curved, and the overall rise isn’t very high; the overall look is more tubular. Their exterior coloration is a fairly consistent medium brown. Some croissants in the store have layer seams that were slightly lighter than the rest, but others were more consistently brown. The exterior layer flakes off in crumbs but not too many. I would characterize the look of these croissants as a bit more down-to-earth than the really tall ones—longer, tubular croissants evoke some nostalgia.
I payed a bit less attention to the structure of the croissant I bought. The inner texture was unremarkable when I bit into it, and I first thought the taste was a bit stale. However, the more I ate, the more I changed my mind. The croissant tasted exactly like one you could buy in a bakery in France! There was definitely a nostalgia factor at play. The quality I had identified as stale seemed more like the interplay between dough and butter when there’s less sweetness.
Ratings & Numbers
Taste Quality: 🇫🇷
Price: Around $3 (2021)
I highly recommend this location.
This bakery offers other filled croissants and pains au chocolat as well as breads and ready-to-eat sandwiches. They surprisingly offer small-sized clafoutis, a sweet eggy dish I haven’t found outside of France before!
You’ll also find shelves with French mustards, cornichons, terrine, and the entire complement of imported Bonne Maman jams.