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Jul 9, 2009 02:42 PM

Le Pain Quotidien, West Hollywood

maybe I'm the last person on earth to discover this restaurant.... but I met friends there this morning for breakfast and was BLOWN AWAY!

Seemed very busy for a thursday morning.

I usually go to the Urth Cafe a few doors down, but have grown tired of the food there lately... so when we were looking for a place to meet... my friend suggested Le Pain ....

Finally figured out what quotidien means... (the whole thing means the daily bread)...

I was most impressed with the wide selection of Organic offerings (everything?)

Has anyone else "discovered" this little place? has it been there long? I can hardly wait to go back to try them out for lunch or even dinner....

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  1. Yes, the chain has been around for awhile now. They're generally quite good. Some similar specialty breakfast/lunch spots are more adventurous, but they certainly fill a void.

    1. We love LPQ. Their breads are wonderful...and for breakfast, an order of bread with a side of smoked salmon is great. I first discovered LPQ in Paris where instead of having a 15 euro continental breakfast at my hotel, I feasted there for half the price. Their preserves and nut pastes are also terrific...especially their Noisella...similar to Nutella, but even creamier and richer...yum!

      Interestingly, this month's Food & Wine magazine has an interesting article about the owner/chef who is very interested in vegan/organic foods.


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      1. re: josephnl

        that was a great article... i had no idea!

        although I am not a vegan fanatic... I do beleive that increasing the amount of farm fresh items in our diet is a win win for everyone....

        Le Pain QUotidien is my new favorite place... i looked on the web site and saw that they have alot of stores in Los Angeles....

        I am planning on going back tonight to the one in WeHo to have dinner, the server told me that they just started a tapas style menu which they serve after 4pm....

        thanks for the article!

        1. re: Yukidog

          Some of the recipes in the article look very good...the chilled zucchini soup with purslane looks fabulous. Any idea where one might buy purslane?

      2. "maybe I'm the last person on earth to discover this restaurant...."

        Judging by how busy they've been for the last 3+ years... perhaps you are.

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        1. re: J.L.

          I Love Le Pain...great breads, and great lunch type foods! Their sandwiches are particularilty good!!

        2. The food quality is very good. Much better than Urth. The only downside is that the service can be really slow. But that patio is such a nice place to hang out on a summer day if you aren't in a hurry.

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          1. re: bsquared2

            You're right...the service is pretty laid-back, so you don't want to go there when you are in a hurry. On the other hand, the servers are all really nice and accommodating, and the food and casual ambiance are terrific.


            I admit it. I love Le Pain Quotidian! You can criticize the dated pine décor straight out of a Brentwood one bedroom. You can also dish on the oppressive branding of everything from olives to chocolate sauce. You can even complain about the often inept service. However, even with all that, I must proclaim “I love Le Pain Quotidian!”

            Considering Pain Quo, as I call it, is a chain restaurant, serving mostly fast food, I find it to be a pleasant location for almost any meal. Also, though the service can be inept and what fast casual isn’t, the staff , from management on down, really seem to care.

            The food is reliable in the way a classic bistro can be. But even more so. You see Pain Quo has no pretentions at being anything other than what it is. At breakfast, you can enjoy the house made granola or soft boiled eggs. Lunchtime offers among others items, my favorite; the Tuscan platter; olive tapenade bathed in the greenest olive oil, sun dried tomatoes over undressed micro greens, tasty ricotta cheese and domestic prosciutto covered in flakes of parmesan cheese. For the sweet, a chocolate cookie the size of a volley ball. Any way you slice it, I love Le Pain Quotidian!

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            1. re: larud9233

              Agree completely. This is one of the most unrecognized jewels in L.A. (and other cities). As mentioned earlier, when I visit Paris (which I do every year or two), my choice of hotel always reflects a proximity to a LPQ. That way, instead of having an ordinary 15 euro continental breakfast at the hotel, I can have a terrific breakfast at LPQ for half the price.

              1. re: josephnl

                Went in for dinner this weekend... I was amazed and shocked to see this same restaurant that I had breakfast in a few days earlier transformed into a cool dinner patio.

                They had a small trio playing sot instrumental music which complemented the meal (tapas and a couple of bottles of wine) perfectly...

                We had a hazelnut flute topped with blue cheese and cranberry, a brioche bun with fig and goat cheese, and shrimp and chorizo skillet as well as bread, lovely bread... with spreads.... HEAVEN!

                This place does mostly everything right... my one issue is that there are too many menus... a little confusing and not very environmental....

                But i'll be back Le Pain Quotidien....! I will be back....