If pastries had their own museum — and they should — Craftsman and Wolves would be prominently placed in the modern wing. Among icons of the form, like the Cronut and Pop Tarts, would be a shiny glass cube devoted to the geometric inventions of this little shop on Valencia. For while the Tartine empire churns out the most delicious bread in the world, and B. Patisserie is making moves on the Kouign-amann throne, the Craftsmen and Wolveses are the most inventive dough-slingers in town.
The ethos is captured in their most famous Instagram creation: the Rebel Within. An egg inside a sausage-cheese-onion muffin? With the yolk still gooey? People will be taking little square pictures of this thing for decades to come. Sure, half the time it's been sitting around and the egg has chilled to unpleasant temperatures, but you have to respect the ingenuity, the sheer gall to make such a thing.
Other choices are only slightly more conventional, and usually way better. The chocolate croissant is a jenga-cube made out of three(?) croissants stacked in perfect squares. It is excellent, if dense. We haven't had "the Devil Inside" since foie gras got legal again, but it's a luscious chocolate mess even without the signature ingredient. The Thai green curry scone is our single favorite thing here — somehow this giant triangle filled with candied ginger and coconut stays moist, sweet, and spicy for hours. It's insane, and great.
Look: you can get croissants anywhere. Sometimes we all get caught up in the rat race of which version is flakiest or lightest or most perfectly buttery. But there is only one place you can get the sh*t they're cooking up at Craftsman and Wolves. And that's why we keep going back.
In case you didn't catch our drift above, we don't really like this. "Hot off the presses," it might be good, but most of the time it's cold and kind of weird. Unless you like cold eggs. It doesn't really matter what we say though, because you're gonna buy this just to cut it in half and take a kickass picture. Editor's Note: Craftsman and Wolves is now heating these up. GOOD.
This treat is going to sneak up on you. After one bite, it won't quite make sense why we're pushing it. But as the sweet-spicy balance gradually insinuates itself, you'll grow to love it. It's one-of-a-kind.
Fit to be displayed in a jewelry case. Comes in minimal sizes for optimal midday binging.
The croissants don't really have that airy croissant game, but that doesn't matter because they taste good anyway.
Same problem. Delicious fillings solve all problems, though.
A pretty tasty cookie. Not winning any competitions, but you won't be mad.