Best of Boston

2008 Best Takeout, West

La Provence

Those smug Concord so-and-sos. It’s not enough they’ve got bragging rights on historic charm and sterling schools; they also get La Provence and its viands par excellence coming and going. Located opposite the commuter rail station, this longtime French bakery-café sees commuters off to work with spiraling golden croissants and buttery brioches, while in the evening it sends them home with herbes de Provence rotisserie chickens and tender salmon in champagne sauce. Top dessert pick? The jaw-droppingly rich gateau Concorde. Talk about having your cake!

105 Thoreau St., Concord, 978-371-7428,