Le Pain Quotidien - Bethesda Lane

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7140 Bethesda Ln (at Elm St), Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 20814

Serves meat, vegan options available. International restaurant chain featuring artisan bakery and communal table. Menu includes several ovo-lacto vegetarian dishes as well as vegan ones (denote by carrot sign). Open Mon-Sat 7:00am-9:00pm, Sun 7:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Western, Bakery, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by DeMarines

Excellent - Edit

There are so many vegan options here it is great and everything I had was amazing. I had the soup of the day and avocado toast and the carrot cake and I was stuffed but it was so good, and I don't live in the area, that I had to eat it all. I love that they have a community table because it makes going by yourself better.
The service was leisurely, in true european fashion.
5/5

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-03

Pros: Vegan French Food, Variety, Desert options

Cons: not good if you are in a hurry

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I'd try again! - Edit

The restaurant is absolutely adorable! In a great location as well. My party (of 3) sat at the communal table, which was great. The coffee was delicious, but not bold. There were cookbooks at the table which were fun to read. My friends LOVED their meals and pastries, but unfortunately I hated my avocado toast. The toast was cold and hard and the avocado was DRENCHED in oil. When I say drenched, I mean I had to wash my hands during my meal, that bad. I could only eat half. I tried to scrape some oil off and I removed the kale that was tossed in oil as well. Also, too much salt. I would not recommend. I would come back and order something else though.

Pros: Coffee, Atmosphere

Cons: Avocado Toast

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Fresh veggies and bread - Edit

Delicious food for the salads is standard for any LPQ. The breads are also very well done for a chain. Nice crumb and crust that are moist enough alone or tasty with accompanying soup and spreads.

Just like all other LPQ's, they label their foods vegan with the carrot. Super easy and convenient, maybe more so than the parking deck nearby.

They also have seasonal items, making it fun to go any time of year. Their soups are always vegan, so the summertime gazpacho soup here is refreshingly appropriate. There are any vegan items like a side salad, quinoa cakes, sauteed veggies, quiche and a couple standard salads. The breads are pretty much all vegan! They also have great vegan baked good selection, and it is actually better here than I have seen at other ones. Blondies, muffins, carrot cake and apple cannele were all available.

If in the area and in need of a light salad or baked good, you can go here and know it's vegan. It is pricy, though, so beware! Also, the salads are generous portions, but not the other vegan entrees. Gluten free? Be very careful- I would probably avoid!

Lots of outdoor seating for those who want to watch Bethesdians walk on by the brick lane, nestled among boutique storefronts. Oh, looking for a dairy-free latte? Check it here- good stuff!!!

Pros: vegan items marked clearly, fresh vegan selection, Healthy and flavorful not too salty

Cons: Price, Staff attitude, Slow service at times

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Good meal with a slight problem - nice recovery - Edit

I was in town for business and decided on stopping at La Pain Quotidien for a light brunch. Based on another Happy Cow reviewer, I decided to try the Six-Vegetable Quiche. It was served with a nice serving of mesclun and other veggies, but I was disappointed when I found the quiche to be almost icy in the middle. The staff and manager were apologetic and served up a much warmer, second quiche which was acceptable. I hope to visit again and try one of the Tartine sandwiches.
See our full review on Indy Vegan Family at: http://bit.ly/10dyyRG

Pros: Clearly-labeled vegan options, Great ambiance

Cons: A little pricey, Food was cold

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yum - Edit

the service was really slow... i've been to the DC location in cap hill and i would say the same thing. HOWEVER.... it's true to the French nature... and the food was worth it. i recommend their gluten free vegan quiche (b/c when else does that happen?!).. french lentil salad = awesome .. gazpacho = awesome ... water mellon cooler = da bomb ... carrot soup = s'allright ...

vegan/gluten free french food... foreals. that is pretty bomb. prepare to take your time like the french... and savour your meal... enjoy your company... and have a great experience. I would highly recommend it. STRAIGHT UP LEGIT!

Pros: local , organic , gluten free/vegan options!

Cons: slow service

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