Tale of the Tape: Le Pain Quotidien

World wide chain Le Pain Quotidien opens its first Philadelphia location today at 9am.

The Concept

  • Serving traditional, hand-made breads and other artfully crafted baked goods
  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tableside service and take out
  • Features a signature communal dining table
  • High ceilings
  • Rustic brick walls
  • Classical music
  • Reclaimed wood crafted into tables, chairs, counters and displays

The Chain

  • Original store opened in Brussels in 1990
  • 150 outposts world-wide
  • First American location opened in Manhattan in 1997
  • Philadelphia is the fourth US Market following Los Angeles and Washington DC

The Food

  • Elegant boulangerie fare
  • Soups, salads, tartines (open-faced sandwiches), pastries, hand-made organic breads
  • Breads baked fresh daily
    • wheat
    • rye
    • spelt
    • five-grain
    • walnut loaves
    • baguettes
    • French rolls
    • brioche
    • croissants
    • challah
    • muffins
  • Menu Highlights
    • Atlantic Smoked Salmon Tartine with chopped dill, scallions and avocado
    • Organic Red Quinoa Salad with arugula, chickpeas and artichoke
    • Mediterranean Platter of hummus, babaganoush and taboule
    • Ricotta Tartine with mission figs, black pepper and organic acacia honey
    • Quiche Vegetarienne with gruyere, spinach, mushrooms and leeks
  • Prices range from $3.10 to $16.95
  • Retail products
    • Peruvian coffee beans
    • Belgian chocolates
    • Jams and fruit preserves
    • Artisanal olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Full Menu (PDF)
  • Specials Menu (PDF)

Le Pain Quotidien
1423-25 Walnut

Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.  to 9 p.m.
Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday  from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.