Le Pain Quotidien ($$) is a popular French chain which is located in Georgetown. It is known for its common table, as it has one long table in the center of the restaurant where different parties can sit (although there are individual tables available). The restaurant has a variety of dishes ranging from tartines to soup to cheese platters. Le Pain has a seasonal Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Tartine (an open-faced sandwich) which is out of this world, and a Praline Butter spread that they serve with the freshly baked brioche buns.
Le Pain is a good place to have a sit down brunch or dinner, but I frequently go for their bakery section ($) which is fast and convenient. My favorite dessert here is the brownie because of its rich chocolate flavor and moistness. They also have mini Belgian Waffles covered in sugar for on-the-go which are delicious. I want to try the granola they sell and the 8-inch wide chocolate chip cookie.