Le Pain Quotidien Expands to Fashion Island

le-pain-quotidienLe Pain Quotidien offers elegant boulangerie fare in the heart of Orange County.

Belgian bakery and cafe Le Pain Quotidien—pronounced luh PAN koh-ti-DYAN—is known for simple, elegant boulangerie fare including organic breads and beverages. Founded in Brussels in 1990 by chef Alain Coumont, it has more than 150 locations worldwide. The expansive new Fashion Island spot has a communal table and a patio with ocean views; it’s the second LPQ to offer baking classes. Breads including wheat, rye, spelt, five-grain walnut, baguettes, brioche, croissants and challah as well as muffins and other pastries are baked in full view of diners. In addition to soups and salads, the menu features tartines—open-faced sandwiches, a specialty—such as Paris ham and aged Gruyère; organic black-bean hummus with avocado and spicy tahini; and chicken curry salad with a side of harissa-cranberry chutney. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus accommodate vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949.287.5592. www.lepainquotidien.com

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