The La Madeline French Bakery and Cafe, selling breads, cakes, savories, apart from meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner is situated on the ground floor of a mall on 1833 Fountain Drive in Reston, Virginia. Upon walking into the restaurant, the bread and French savory displays meet your eyes with tempting mouth watering offerings! What a delicious looking array of breads, cakes, pastry and quiches.
On the menu are selections of homemade soups; artisan salads; cafe salads; signature crepes; pastas; savory entrees; and French specialties like Quiche Florentine and Quiche Lorraine, Chicken Friand and Spinach Pochette. Ordering is done in a cafeteria line, paying cash at the end of the line for your orders, and what you have taken on your tray.
Two in our group ordered the crepe Romanoff which was a heavily wheaten crepe topped with fresh strawberries and their signature brandy sour cream sauce and cinnamon. This has 280 calories. One of us had the egg omelet with French croissant, and I had the American breakfast plate which came with a choice of toasted bread, baguette, or a croissant and a choice of sausages, bacon or ham, and a choice of how you want your eggs done. I had my eggs scrambled, with a freshly baked crispy crusted baguette, two sausages and a hash brown thrown in. The portions are generous. Coffee and tea are available, with a choice of French or American coffee. There is are selections of other soft drinks as well.
Prices are on the average between $5.69 to $6.49. The amount of calories contained for the dish or selection, are also printed next to the prices. I like the internal decor, although from the outside, you have no hint of what the inside presents. Wood beams, and French themed decorations, wine bottles on the walls, a working fire place, small wooden tables and wooden chairs, quaint black metal grills, wooden cloth pegs, all contribute successfully to producing that ambiance of a little rustic Provincial French cafe! Generally, the food is not fantastic or out-of-this world, but satisfying and mostly acceptable. The service is friendly, attentive and quick. I would come again, mainly to try their baked products that look so delicious!
OPENING HOURS ARE: Monday to Thursday, 6.30am to 10pm. Friday and Saturday, 6.30 am to 11pm. Sunday 7 am to 9pm.
Telephone number: 1-703-707-0704. You are advised to make reservations as the eatery can be full during meal times especially on weekends.
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