Lately, I’ve been on a quest to find places that offer free wifi and numerous outlets for those productive days because come on, Starbucks gets old.. and I realized their coffee actually kind of sucks. Not really knowing how to go about this, I just googled it, and yelp came to the rescue with plenty of suggestions. La Madeleine came up, and I remembered driving by it a couple of weeks ago and thinking, “Hmm, I should go check it out sometime.” Well, yesterday was that time. After driving right past it on Rockville Pike because it’s kind of tucked away in a shopping center, I made my way inside finally and was immediately intrigued by the ambience. It certainly had a very French country cottage vibe, which I thought was quite nice. The staff was very welcoming. I was offered a menu and looked at my options. The only way I can really describe the menu here is if Panera Bread originated in France. There are lots of sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, breads and pastries–all with a French flare, and it’s all around the same price point as Panera or Cosi.
This location has plenty of seating and free/fast wifi. They even have coffee and espresso concoctions to satisfy your caffeine craving. I got a duet (kind of like a you-pick-2 thing) of a 1/2 a croque monsieur sandwich with a side of pasta salad and a cup of french onion soup. It was all very tasty and brought me back to France for a little while.
Though I’ll admit, this place isn’t the most authentic French eatery by any means, I still appreciate the French inspirations on the food. I’d recommend this place for a quick lunch with friends or something, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here when I want a real French meal. There are some, though pricey, alternatives for that in Bethesda and DC. Bon apetit!