Croissant & Company


If you've ever been to the Elsinore or one of the other restaurants along that same section of High Street, you've no doubt passed by Croissant & Co. once or twice. It occupies a primo corner location, with big windows and blue and white checked curtains. It's an order-at-the-counter deli, with a display case of pastries and another case full of deli salads. Overall it offers a tidy, inviting atmosphere for its customers.

And if you're one of those loyal customers we saw during our lunch visit to Croissant & Co., I'll wager you could tell N and I your favorite menu items. Minus that input, the two of us chose what sounded good (not counting those cinnamon rolls in the dessert case). The chicken salad on greens sounded good to me. I was eager to see what good things C&C included with theirs. N decided on one of their "Signature Sandwiches"-- meatloaf on a cheese hoagie.

Before I begin: I'm curious, what are your favorite chicken salad add-ins? Apple? Pecans? Craisins? Tarragon? Red onion? Mmm, I imagine we could come up with a mouth watering list. So imagine my disappointment when this chicken salad was lacking any flavor. I did find 3 raisins and I was glad to see a bed of romaine, but even the chicken was flavorless.

As I ate my lunch, I peered jealously at N's cheese hoagy trying to get a peek at the meatloaf. Huh, where was it? I could see lettuce and cheese. "How's that sandwich?", I inquired. Ah, I know that look. (sigh) His lunch is a disappointment, too. He said there was so little meatloaf, there was no way it could compete with the bread, and what meatloaf there was had little flavor.

I hope your experiences have been better than ours. Not sure when I'll be ready to give them another try.

190 High Street SE
Salem, OR
(503) 362-7323
Monday through Friday: 6:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday: 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Closed Sundays

20 comments:

lalodelce said...

I stopped by C&C for a cup of coffee and a cheese breadstick hoping to come back later for a meal. But the attention was less than welcoming and coffee was not good either. Won't be giving it a second try and won't recommend it.

Anonymous said...

I have gone to C&C for many years now, and the owners are really nice, wonderful people. Their baked goods are fantastic, however their lunch foods are mediocre. They are also on the expensive side, and in my opinion the quality is not worth what they charge. I have often wished that they had a larger variety of salads other than pasta salad five different ways. I'd recommend them for breakfast, but not necessarily for lunch.

KandN said...

Anon, So breakfast is what they do well? What's your favorite item?

Anonymous said...

The place really needs an update, decor-wise and menu-wise. Great potential, but resting on their 1980s-croissant-heyday laurels perhaps? I do buy their filled croissants and other pastries from a local coffee stand, and they are quite good by Salem standards, but I'd suggest they really need to work on portion control--Danish pastries, even in America, should not be bigger than your head! The sandwiches and salads I buy occasionally at the coffee stand are adequate but only because they are freshly made, not because they are flavorful.

Chuck Bradley said...

This has been a fair weather place for me. I love to sit at one of their Parisian-style sidewalk tables on warm spring and summer days and people watch. Last time I was there I had their special which was a Hot Pastrami, Salami, Pepper Jack cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and Italian dressing sandwich served on a fresh, chewy baguette. It was small and, I thought, priced pretty dearly but I enjoyed it very much.

tracylee said...

I used to eat there all the time when I worked kitty-corner to it. I'd occasionally get the chicken salad sandwich, turkey and swiss on rye, or try their special sandwich of the day. I liked the pesto tortellini pasta salad, too. If I went in the morning, I'd get a cheese bagel with a whiff (of cream cheese, toasted. In all, nothing to write home about, but quick to grab something to eat at your desk, especially if you called ahead.

My favorite chicken salad add-ins to basic chicken and mayo:
Chopped celery - at home or restaurant
Tarragon and Walnuts - Arbor Cafe (gone)
Cashews, Basil and Sriracha - Roly Poly #30 (gone)
Lemon Pepper and Honey Mustard on the bread - Heidi's Cafe (gone)

As you can see, I love chicken salad sandwiches, and would frequent the above cafes when I worked downtown.

d. davis said...

I'll admit to not exploring the menu all that extensively but their croissant sandwiches are great and the "light" option is under $5.

Egan said...

I find their bagels to be inexpensive and the best I've had in Salem. I love to stock up on Croissant & Co bagels at the Saturday Market. They have some delicious pastries, too.

Anonymous said...

KandN, regarding the breakfast items, my favorites are the cheese bagels and the coffee cake. Their croissants are also quite good, as well as the muffins. As another commenter mentioned, some of their portions are very large.

Anonymous said...

I've only bought they stuff at the Saturday Market. I like their chocolate croissants.

Anonymous said...

This is a tragic review. It's not going to help them in their competition with some of Salem's best restaurants on the same block. I had no idea their food was so lousy; they've been a Salem staple for so long. I can make a pretty amazing meatloaf sandwich at home for cheap. Sorry C&C.

-guitar4me

KandN said...

Guitar4me,
It wasn't easy to write, but I think they should know they need to up their game.
I was hopefully hoping to hear more good experiences from Salemites.

Anonymous said...

I remember the cheese sticks being very good many years ago when I worked nearby. Was there a couple months back since I was downtown on jury duty and the cheese sticks were dry and flavorless. Lunch was nothing to write home about. I honestly can't remember what I had (sandwich of some sort), but I do remember not wanting to go back.

Kristi said...

KandN I appreciate your honest review. I wouldn't read reviews here if you just said everyone was awesome. I know Eat Salem isn't out to throw local businesses "under the bus". These kind of reviews should give owners a chance to make changes that will keep them in business when the competition gets hot.

KandN said...

Thanks Kristi, It had to be said. Just like pointing out unbussed tables (not at C&C), it's good to have a wake-up call.

Oregon Maiden said...

Does someone forward the comments to them? Unless they're aware, methinks we're talking to ourselves w/o anything being done to rectify.
OM (and yes, the three clicks thingie happens every single time!)

Anonymous said...

OR Maiden-maybe it's time to ditch IE and either upgrade or try a new browser. I'm not having any problems either

Anonymous said...

OM, when I used my iPad I have to send a comment 3 times for it to go through, as well... on any computer though, I use Firefox and have no problems.

-guitar4me

Anonymous said...

I always have to submit comments three times to get them to go through.

sheldonmm said...

I love their raspberry filled croissants! I've only eaten there once for lunch, had a BLT - it was alright, but nothing spectacular. But, oh, those croissants!