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Posted on May 15, 2017

When it comes to trends and what’s hot, the King and Queen of trendy food would have to be Brunch and Avocado Toast. The avocado toast at Le Pain Quotidien is famous, a must-try--so naturally I took my fellow brunch-loving best friend out to Lincoln Park to put Le Pain Quotidien’s brunch to the test.

Though there are several locations in the Chicagoland area (and even outside of Chicago across the country), Lincoln Park is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago for its trendiness and never-ending list of good eateries. This also meant, of course, that by going to Le Pain Quotidien in Lincoln Park for brunch on a weekend, my friend Angel and I were bound to be met with crowded restaurants and long waits.

Photo courtesy of www.lepainquotidien.fr

The Le Pain Quotidien menu features a lot of organic and some gluten-free options, and they’re definitely a bit on the pricier side of the spectrum, but hey, I’m okay with splurging on some healthy(ish) brunch food. They have tons of great options (I wanted to try like half of the menu) and a nice mix of traditional brunch items (like a Belgian waffle) and more French fare.  

Additionally, though LPQ is a restaurant, they also feature a bakery with a variety of freshly baked breads and pastries. Always one for the duo-combo of sweet and savory for brunch, I decided I’d get an Apple Turnover to pair with my Avocado Toast (although the French Cream Donut was definitely eyeing me, and I’ll have to go back for it one day). Though I myself decided to skip and just go for water, Angel ordered an Iced Belgian Mocha from their extensive list of organic teas and coffees. I had a sip and it was the perfect blend of chocolate and coffee, but wasn’t too heavy--on ice, it definitely hit the spot on a warm spring mid-morning.

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Photo courtesy of lepainquotidien.com

Unfortunately because it was so busy, we had to wait a while for our food to come out, but we had kind of expected that and luckily Angel and I had things to sip/chew on while we waited. The turnover was a-MAzing--a bit flaky on the outside but warm and soft on the inside with apples that weren’t too squishy. I’m a huge fan of pastries, and I you can really taste the freshness of the pastry. Though I have yet to meet a pastry I didn’t like, I gotta say, I may have fallen in love with this one.

And then it finally came! What I had been waiting for--the avocado toast! I’m not going to lie, after having the best Avocado Toast of my life at Summer House Santa Monica (also conveniently located nearby in Lincoln Park), I had high expectations, but the Avocado Toast here was also famous according to all of the Le Pain Quotidien reviews. And I gotta say, it lived up to my expectations. Placed on a bed of whole wheat sourdough bread (which was nice and fluffy), the avocado was nicely seasoned, and though it had no poached egg (to my dismay), it did come with lemon, which was a huge plus. I don’t know why I had never thought of lemon with avocado toast before, but it was amazing--definitely gave the avocado a nice citrus-y flavor. It might not be my favorite Avocado Toast (the poached egg avocado toast at Summer House really gets me), this is easily a close second.

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At the end of the day, Le Pain Quotidien is a nice French place for brunch with a variety of options, and if you’re feeling lazy there’s always the option of Le Pain Quotidien Delivery There are tons of locations across the US and the Chicagoland area! You can’t really go wrong with a lot of restaurants in Lincoln Park, but if you want to have a maybe more upscale brunch (read: pricier) but definitely still delicious, give it a try! And even better--their healthy options can help those health-conscious folks feel a little better about eating a carb-heavy brunch in the morning haha.

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