Le Pain Quotidien, a French phrase meaning “the daily bread”, was founded by Alain Courmont in 1990. He opened the artisanal bakery in Brussels when he was dissatisfied with the bread in the city. The first café had a long communal table where customers could enjoy a fresh slice of bread with local, organic salads.
Today, Le Pain Quotidien cafés can be found in 26 cities and 18 countries around the world. The restaurant has a couple of locations around DC, including one which recently opened up in our neighborhood.
What I really like about Le Pain Quotidien is that it tries to source organic ingredients, the menus are seasonal, and its rustic simplicity. Although any meal can be eaten here, I find that brunches and lunches are the best. The cafés tend to have a relaxed pace, someplace to enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, or catch up with a friend. For those who are looking for a vegetarian or vegan-friendly locales, this is the place to check out!
On a rainy Saturday morning in March, my friend Carolyn and I tried out the new location, and enjoyed some great coffee and food!
Of course, on a rainy day the best thing is a warm cappuccino.
The level of simplicity draws me to Le Pain Quotidien. I enjoy the no-frills menu and decor.
What did we order that rainy day?
Carolyn ordered the special: the farmer’s omelette. It came with a baguette slice, and a salad. The baguette was delicious, a perfect crunchy crust.
I opted for the organic egg salad tartine, which had capers and anchovies, on whole-wheat bread.
What else is at Le Pain Quotidien? You can find: croissants, oatmeal, tartines, quiches, cheese plates, tarts and macaroons. Grab a friend, order a coffee and just relax the next time a rainy morning comes to town!
Happy Earth Day! Le Pain Quotidien has teamed up with Stone Barns to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd). Stop by a Le Pain Quotidien today for a free packet of basil seeds!