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La Petite Dauphine

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I know this new place in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood already has received some attention on these boards, but I wanted to add my praise. I had breakfast here yesterday and cannot wait to return - it is elegant, in a simple way, with the best tea and coffee menu and perhaps the best croissants outside of Paris. It's breakfast/lunch/brunch/afternoon snacks 7 days a week in a
charming townhouse setting: on Walnut between 20th and 21st.

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  1. What did you have for breakfast? And how was the coffee?

    1. Anyone know if they bake their own croissant or if not where they source them?

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      1. re: barryg

        The macarons at LPD are really good too, much better than at Meil Patissserie, although my favorite ones in town (I admit this sounds really strange) are from Continental Midtown.

        1. re: bluehensfan

          I intended to order coffee (which looked and smelled great), but someone at a nearby table was having a pot of tea, which also looked and smelled great, so this time I went with the tea.
          Next time I will try the Cafe au Lait. They source their croissants from a place in Narberth.
          This time I had a true continental breakfast - tea, croissant, butter and preserves. Next time
          I'll have more time and will indulge more fully.

          1. re: jmk38

            Then the croissant source is probably Au Fournil in Narberth. Baker there used to work for Perrier.

            http://articles.philly.com/2009-07-02...

            1. re: jmk38

              They told me it was the Georges Perrier place Art of Bread (as of Dec 2012)

              1. re: jyeh29

                No, it's Au Fournil in Narberth.

        2. My sister and I had lunch here today and enjoyed it thoroughly.
          It was quiet and pleasant. There was only one other group here, so it was ideal for leisurely chatting.
          We shared the curried chicken salad sandwich on a croissant. It was delicious! it came garnished with slices of fresh fruit.
          Service was extremely gracious.
          They will be opening for dinner in October, and sooner for brunch.