Recs for Le Pain Quotidien
I just tried the one that opened in Alexandria. The baguette sandwiches are really long..like about a foot long. Typical of French sandwiches, there is minimal filling with the emphasis being on the baguette.
i also loved the split pea soup. It's thinner rather than thicker, but with some whole peas and a smoky flavor. It comes with 2 different slices of bread and is a real value.
the only meal items i have had there is an omelet which was very good and a tartin that was good, but not a lot of food for the price.
the mint lemonade is very, very tasty (and i dont like sweet beverages). I also like the apple muffin.
it's a nice place, IMO, because there's something for every mood.
the hazelnut flute is veerrrrry good. i got that this past weekend on my first visit. definitely get something that comes with bread to taste the spreads they have on the table. the veggie salad looked good. i had an omelet that was good; but just couldn't compete with my desire to devour all of the breads and pastries.
I really like the Tuscan plate. It's an assortment of breads with ricotta, tapenade, pesto, some veggies. I had a tartine there that wasn't that impressive, but I'm not writing them off yet. All the sandwiches are indeed open-faced, as far as I know. I'm not sure they have baguette sandwiches at the Georgetown branch...