They do not have a Le Pain Quotidien in San Diego, but they do have a few restaurants up north, like in Newport Beach and Los Angeles. I actually have not heard of it until it was mentioned by my sis, L, while we were deciding where to go for Sunday brunch during my mini East Coast trip. L's hubby, MK, says that it can be a bit overpriced for some of the items, but I think it may be costly because they use organic ingredients, which I would gladly pay for any day!
This restaurant was so cute. It has so many windows. I love the natural light. When you walk in through the front doors, it has a selection of food gifts to purchase, including some that were on our big, communal table. There is a bakery/cafe counter for those wanting a quick, organic pastry and espresso or drip coffee.
Here are some items that are available for purchase and to try at our table - all items are certified organic. You can also get them online, as well:
Extra Virgin Huite d' Olive Oil ($12.95)
Aceto Balsamico di Modena - Balsamic Vinegar of Modena ($11.95) and
Sirop d'Agave - Agave Syrup ($9.25)
All organic omelettes are served with their signature organic bread and a side salad.
My older sister, S, ordered the Avocado and Tomato Omelette ($11.30). She ordered it with egg whites instead for an additional $1.25. The avocado slices were nice and fresh looking.
L and MK both ordered the Paris Ham and Gruyere Omelette ($12.45). I did not have a taste of theirs, but they said that they order this all the time since they have Le Pains in Philadelphia.
I ordered the Chicken Chorizo and Cheddar Omelette ($13.20). It came out really pretty. I pictured bits of ground chicken cooked down with spices, but it turned out to be a "sliced sausage" omelette. Regardless, the chorizo itself, still was really good.
I found my omelette to be a little watery? I was trying to figure out where it was coming from, but then I remembered that they said there was a little salsa in there. The side salad was refreshing and light, but the taste of the raw fennel overpowered everything. I shoved the fennel slices off to the side after a few bites of tolerating the flavor.
Our server brought us a wide selection of their organic jams and spreads to try with our bread. Shown above is the Apricot Jam ($7.25) and the Blueberry Jam ($7.25). Goodness, the blueberry jam was so delicious -- tart, sweet, and perfect with the bread. I loved it so much that I bought a jar to take home with me.
Here is a shot of the blueberry jam goodness on my bread.
He also brought us Rhubarb Jam ($7.25) - no thanks, Blondie white chocolate spread ($11.25) and an Orange Jam ($7.25). I only tried the Blondie and it was super, duper sweet, but really, really good.
On our way out, I felt like I *had* to get a pastry from the bakery counter. L and I decided to split the biggest chocolate chip cookie ever ($3.25).
It was as big as her face. It was crispy on the outside and chewy in the inside. It was a nice end to the breakfast/brunch we had.
We walked towards the National Mall afterwards, and saw that they had so many food trucks and little vendors selling stuff. Aww, man. We were too full to try out some of the local trucks. Oh, well. Maybe next time! We still had a great time at Le Pain Quotidien.
Le Pain Quotidien
2000 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20036