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Breakfast Croissant from Cartel Coffee Lab: 100 Favorite Dishes

Last year, we marked the hundred-day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year, we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

97. Breakfast Croissant from Cartel Coffee Lab

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Your morning just got a little more bearable, thanks to Cartel Coffee Lab in downtown Phoenix. While the cafe used to offer a full breakfast menu, Cartel ditched that concept a couple of months ago and focused on expanding its pastry program. Boy, are we happy it did because it's been churning out spongy lemon lavender loaf, savory scones, gigantic cinnamon rolls, and, our favorite, the bacon, egg, and cheese croissant for $3.50.

The croissant's cheese can change from day to day, from a sharp and tangy cheddar to a creamy, smooth goat cheese, but the pastry creation always has fluffy scrambled eggs and crispy, fatty bacon. The savory treat is all the best parts of breakfast in one compact, handheld package.

Best of all, if you get there in the morning, right as the croissants come out of the oven, the buttery, flaky croissant is still warm, a comforting sign that everything might just be okay the rest of the day. If that doesn't put a smile on your face in the morning, nothing will.

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