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Pain Quotidien

nickdanger Jun 10, 2008 09:30 AM

I see that a store will open soon in Bethesda, MD, and that there is also one in Georgetown. Worth the search for a parking place?

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  1. DanaB RE: nickdanger Jun 11, 2008 03:48 PM

    I like Pain Quotidien -- there is one around the block from my office in Bev. Hills, CA. They have a lot of organic items on their menu, good breads, quiche and nice salads. It's pricier than a lot of chains, but that's because they use quality ingredients. I didn't realize they had any stores outside of NY and CA in the US.

    Here's a link to their website, with menu:


    1. michele cindy RE: nickdanger Jun 13, 2008 06:38 AM

      The one in Greenwich Village used to carry this vanilla cream filled donut type of pastry, that was super delicious. They don't carry it anymore here, but if the one in MD does, it would be worth the search for a parking space.

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        JMJD RE: nickdanger Jun 16, 2008 06:55 PM

        Take the Metro -- it's worth it! Good bread and open-face sandwiches at lunchtime, and the croissants are good too. For breakfast you can order bread and they bring a caddy with a jar of preserves/jam, their version of nutella and a praline spread. Yum. (Though I hope they make the bread with water from somewhere other than DC. DC has the worst bread items -- pizza, bagels, etc. -- I've been told it's the water.)

        1. The Engineer RE: nickdanger Jun 18, 2008 11:37 AM

          Try the brownie, it is sooo damn good.

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            frenchglobetrotter RE: nickdanger Jun 22, 2008 12:48 PM

            After waiting 35 minutes for two sandwiches, we left. I paid for my cafe au lait- but the coffee beans were burnt. Too bad, we had high expectations and were looking forward to it, having tried the ones in Europe. The noise level was so high that we were not even able to talk during our wait... I hope my experience was just very unusual!

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              wleatherette RE: frenchglobetrotter Jun 24, 2008 07:02 AM

              it doesn't sound that unusual to me. the food is pretty good, but the experiences i've had eating there have been less than comfortable. the restaurants tend to be jam-packed, very noisy (as you mentioned), and not very tidy, and the wait time for basic things like drink refills, an extra fork, or even the check can be lengthy. imho, take-out or delivery is the way to go here.

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