Incoming: Le Pain Quotidien

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‘At Le Pain Quotidien’
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Tuesday night Matt and I were on a run down the Clarendon strip in Arlington, and we passed painters and workers busy preparing the new store front of Le Pain Quotidien, the Belgian cafe & organic bakery poised to open under the Clarendon Gold’s Gym.

I’d never heard of Le Pain Quotidien (PQ for short), but upon further googling, PQ is another Euro import, one I’m getting pretty excited to meet. With locations already in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Alexandria and Bethesda, Le Pain Quotidien operates under an organic philosophy (head on competition, Whole Foods) and is part bakery, part cafe. The bakery part is most exciting to me, as I was hoping for an uprising bakery trend in 2009. PQ claims to bake all their breads in-house, and knead by hand, to boot. They also offer pastries, alongside the breads. Then there’s the “communal table” – the cafe seems to be following in the Wagamama tradition of seating strangers together at big, long, cafeteria-style tables.

I’m thrilled to welcome Le Pain Quotidien into my ‘hood, I’m already picturing Sunday morning strolls for baked goods and coffee, and late night tete-a-tetes with friends over cider and tartes.

Katie moved to DC in 2007, and has since embarked upon a love affair with the city. She’s an education reform advocate and communications professional during the day; at night and on the weekends, she’s an owner here at We Love DC. Katie has high goals to eat herself through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. For up-to-the-minute news and reviews (among other musings), follow her on Twitter!

5 thoughts on “Incoming: Le Pain Quotidien

  1. Their food is AMAZING. I go to the one in Georgetown for brunch all the time. Be sure to try their hazelnut spread – it’s addictive like crack cocaine.

  2. fyi, its “LPQ” but yes, its delicious! they also have a location in dupont coming soon. hooray!

  3. Say what? Cath, where did you hear this news? Where in Dupont will it be located? That place is going to be crazy busy.

  4. That’s funny, Cath, their Web site says “our friends call us PQ”, I bet everyone has a different way to abbreviate that mouthful.

  5. The food here is terrible, nausea inducing slop. I got sick after eating one of their overpriced tiny sandwiches. You’ll get more bang for your buck at the Subway down the street.