Great Takeout: Le Pain Quotidien
Comments () | Published March 9, 2009
Le Pain Quotidien - Spring Valley
Address: 4874 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-459-9141
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
Cuisines: French, Deli/Quick Bites, Belgian, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 7 to 9, Friday 7 to 10, Saturday 8 to 10, Sunday 8 to 8.
Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Tartines with honeyed ricotta or curried chicken; quiche Lorraine; almond meringue; sugared waffle; cheese muffin; madeleine.
These chic Belgian-style boulangerie/cafes are all over Manhattan, London, and now Washington. Although the tableau of customers unwinding over cappuccinos and hunks of baguette at the communal tables is inviting, many of the best offerings are primed to take home. Tartines—delicate open-faced sandwiches—make a nice meal for one; we like the chicken-curry salad with cranberry chutney ($10.25) and the Paris ham with three mustards ($9.95) best. From the bakery case, there are peppery cheese muffins, oversize coconut macaroons, and super-chocolaty brownies. Baguettes and boules pair nicely with the praline butter and marmalade offered free at the communal table, and the spreads come in jars to go.

See More Great Takeout Reviews

Subscribe to Washingtonian
Posted at 12:00 AM/ET, 03/09/2009 RSS | Print | Permalink | Washingtonian.com Restaurant Reviews