Le Pain Quotidien: pleasing, gratifying and enjoyable. With many different locations throughout the Los Angeles area, a close friend of mine suggested we head to the West Hollywood location on the corner of Melrose and Westbourne Drive. Not only was I impressed by the taste of the food (in Sara-fashion I ordered an organic, egg-white omelet with tomatoes and avocado and a side salad – a meal that kept me full from morning to evening), but I was thrilled by the number of organic condiments they provided: the ketchup, the butter and even the salt and pepper were organic! Some of their food is brought in from a produce service company, while the rest of the foods labeled as “organic” on the menu are USDA certified.
The main dining room promotes community dining and welcomes all patrons to sit and chat with one another at their large, wooden, community table (although private tables are available as well). You also have the option of outdoor seating, which on a beautiful fall day (yes, it is now fall – unbelievable, I know) I highly recommend. The design of the restaurant reflects their dedication to eco-conscious dining, as they have used “reclaimed wood and recycled Gypsum in construction, energy-efficient lamps, and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and packaging.”
I highly recommend stopping by any one of the Le Pain Quotidien locations. Whether it is for a sit down lunch or to grab a pastry (gluten free pastries are available as well!), you absolutely cannot go wrong.
Located at: 8607 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069. http://www.lepainquotidien.com/