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Aug 14, 2007 07:14 AM

Le Pain Quotidien, Gtown

Is it open yet? I'm so excited, I practically lived in the one near my apartment in NY and can't wait to stop by for a tartine soon.

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  1. Can you explain what the concept is of this place and the type of food they serve? I checked out their website but it didn't really tell me much.

    Is it like a nicer version of Au Bon Pain?

    5 Replies
    1. re: Elyssa

      It way nicer than ABP. Basically, their focus is bread, and they bake a wide variety of typically French/Belgian breads like baguette, boules, pain de mie, etc. They also make mother raves about the pear tart.

      They also have a restaurant/cafe featuring a communal table and serve salads, soups and tartines, which are open faced sandwiches. In NY they also serve breakfast with soft boiled eggs, bread, yogurt and granola stuff.

      It's always a great place to sit, have coffee, a light lunch, etc. it's not exactly cheap, but the bread is really good, probably better than most of what we have in DC so far.

      1. re: caphill2320

        Sounds promising. Where in Georgetown is it opening? M Street?

        1. re: Elyssa

          Down towards the Foggy Bottom side. I think it replaced the most recent incarnation of Au Pied Bistro

          1. re: caphill2320

            they are probably having a hard time filling positions..they advertised for job fairs at the beginning of the summer as final but have continued them monthly, pushing the opening date back.

      2. re: Elyssa

        The basic concept: You sit at communal tables straight out of a French farm house and eat clumsy, open-faced sandwiches on very good bread. Except for the open-face part, I liked it. Because of the open-face part, I'll stick with buying the bread and cookies.

      3. I've spent a bunch of time at the NYC one at Mad and 84th, near where I spend a lot of time. And lived in LA across the street from one in Brentwood. The bread might be better than what we have now, if you like the bio-organix, but I don;t find it overwhelming. Breadline has nothing to be afraid of. But is a great place to sit around the big table, which seems a G-town speciality, with Neyla, Hook etc.