With more breakfast and brunch places within a five-block radius than most Miami neighborhoods, Coconut Grove seemingly still has room for another bakery/restaurant: Le Pain Quotidien (3425 Main Hwy).
The Brussels import (with outposts in New York, L.A. and cities across the world) opens its first South Florida location today in the former Siam Oishi location, a sprawling, two-floor space that’s been transformed into a 4,000-square-foot restaurant with an open kitchen and bilevel dining rooms with seating for 100 people. In that number is included two of Le Pain’s famous communal tables, a centerpiece of every one of its locations—and likely a point of contention for antisocial Miamians who’d sooner eat in their cars than sit next to strangers. Though if there’s anywhere in the city where this idea will take, it’s Coconut Grove. Le Pain also boasts ample sidewalk seating—a staple of the pedestrian-centric ’hood.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers quite an extensive menu of pastries, smoothie bowls and tartines, its signature variety of open-faced sandwiches on 100-percent organic sourdough bread. The Instagrammable avocado toast is also part of the selection, as are beer and wine should you need an alternative to Green Street’s proverbially congested brunch this weekend.
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