Le Pain Quotidien is an international chain of bakery-restaurants founded in 1990 in Brussels. Besides, baked items and coffee drinks, it also has a dine-in menu. I first visited Le Pain Quotidien a few year ago on the recommendation of a friend who has a great deal of knowledge about health food and cuisines. Since then, it has become one of my favorite dine-out restaurants abroad. The restaurant-chain operates in many countries across the world. At every location you will find a long wooden communal table, a design that was used for the first restaurant in Brussels.
A breakfast menu includes croissants, organic eggs, steel-cut oatmeal, homemade organic granola and freshly baked organic bread. For lunch, there is a choice between the organic vegan soup of the day, turkey, avocados and tuna, and vegetarian and chicken salads. They also serve afternoon tea and wine with pastries and tarts, and a cheese platter among various other baked items. I also like their organic coffees and hot chocolates served in their traditional bowls. Besides a regular à la carte menu, they also have seasonal menus.
They also hold regular bakery classes where one can learn how to make crusty baguettes, flaky pie dough or a loaf of challah.
They usually have both outdoor as well as indoor seating. The interiors boast a rugged, natural look in nature-inspired textures, earthy colors, and an unostentatious, organic warmth.
Restaurants are usually located in some of the major shopping centers and streets like Old Town Pasadena and Americana at Brand in Glendale, buzzing with crowds and activity.