Forget the Cronut. The only croissant product you need is a croissant - especially if it's the one stuffed with goat cheese and fig preserve at Parisi Café.
It's a delight for fans of the savory-sweet combination. The crumbly goat cheese and its natural partner, a sticky fig spread, are enclosed in a crackly, buttery crust. The ratio of goat cheese to fig is close to perfect, yielding just the right amount of the tangy cheese and the sweet fruit in each bite.
On my visit to the Leawood shop (5245 West 116th Place), the vest-and-tie-wearing barista recommended a Root Beer Latte as accompaniment for the croissant. While the spicy notes of the root beer go well with the mild cheese, the general lusciousness of the croissant made me want a drink that was a little less complex, like an unsweetened iced tea.
Parisi Café makes its own croissants every morning with Farm to Market dough. The goat cheese and fig croissant ($3.25) is also available at the Union Station location (30 West Pershing Road).
Best of all, unlike the Cronut, you don't have to get up at an ungodly hour and wait in line for this bit of pastry goodness.