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Le Pain Quotidien at Bethesda


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Le Pain Quotidien at Bethesda

foodallthetime | Jun 22, 2008 04:41 PM

The service overall at this location was awful. The address given at the site is not on a map yet so you have to google to find other addresses (Arlington Blvd. was close). We had to put our name on a waiting list mid-afternoon on Sunday (today). Although my friends were standing next to the hostess, she claims she called our name and we missed it. When we were finally seated, it took over 10 minutes for a waitress to come by. She didn't say anything about the delay. After ordering it took another 10-15 minutes to get our lemonades. The homemade lemonade had absolutely no sugar in it. We had to add sugar and water. Our food (two cold tartines and side of hummus) took about 45 more minutes. During this time, the waitress only came by once (about 15 minutes in) to say the food would be coming shortly. After that, nothing. After about 35 minutes, I went up to her at the stand and asked her to go check again. She replied all the orders were backed up but she would go see and apologized. She didn't check back in with for another 10 minutes and said it would be two more minutes. When the food finally arrived, it was nothing great, especially for $9-10 per tartine. My baguette and hummus was ok but again, nothing spectacular or worth waiting 45 minutes. I asked for a bag to put my baguette in. She gave me a little salad box.

I'm all about leisurely lunches but this was a little too much. Especially with all the indifference. As we were paying the bill, the waitress said this was her last day since the kitchen is always behind which leaves her with lousy tips. True? Who knows. It seems like people around us were getting their food. Either way, I think more could have been done. I tried to spot a manager-looking person but most looked bored to be there and were standing around. I didn't have the energy so wrote an email instead. In the meantime, make sure you have a lot of time if you go to this location.

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