Update, May 30, 2014: And the winner is … Paris in Town, Le Bistro! Félicitations!
Though they have been a sweet staple in France for centuries, macarons have only recently made their pop debut stateside—and now are a bona fide juggernaut. The dainty French confections consist of a sweet filling, like jam or ganache, sandwiched between two meringue puffs. How do you know when you bite into a great one? When it is so airy, it virtually disappears in your mouth.
We want to know: Who has the crème de la crème of macarons in South Florida? Vote for your favorite below.
Cafe Boulud’s macarons
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Café Boulud | Palm Beach
At Chef Daniel Boulud’s Palm Beach outpost, Pastry Chef Eric Snow changes the macaron menu nearly weekly, offering traditional flavors like raspberry, lemon, chocolate and vanilla. The confections are served on the minaudier’s plate and also available by themselves. (561-655-6060, cafeboulud.com/palmbeach)
Patrick Leze Palm Beach’s macarons
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Patrick Leze Palm Beach | Palm Beach
Before he came to Florida, Chef Patrick Leze was the macaron chef at Laduree, the 152-year-old French bakery credited with popularizing the treat. His own recipe for macarons uses a traditional white-chocolate ganache filling. (561-366-1313, patrickleze.com)
Paris in Town | North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens
It doesn’t get more authentic than France, which is where the North Palm Beach cafe (561-626-6017) imports its macarons. The bistro location in Palm Beach Gardens (561-622-1616) also carries gift boxes of macarons from New York in ever-changing exotic flavors like rose lychee, crème brulee and earl gray. (parisintown.com)
Le Macaron French Pastries | Delray Beach and Boca Raton
With 13 locations in Florida, including one on Atlantic Avenue and another in Mizner Park, Le Macaron French Pastries has perfected the art of its namesake with flavors such as rose, passion fruit and Sicilian pistachio, a popular favorite. (lemacaron-us.com)