Restaurant Reviews

Le Petit Pain

Pissed off at Publix? Think you just can't choke down one more slice of gummy, supermarket-nuked bread? Le Petit Pain in Lantana, run by Gaelle and Thomas Tcherniavsky, a gorgeous, elegant young Parisian couple, turns out a French baguette ($2.25 for a long, thin loaf) unrivaled in all details: a buttery, flaky, crunchy crust and a fluffy interior pocked with holes, moist as a cloud when you split it open. The Tcherniavskys and their pastry chef cram the display cases with French butter cookies, cream horns, truffles, almond custard strips, croissants, 19 kinds of bread, cardamom coffee cakes, fruit tarts, chocolate mousse cakes, beignets, napoleons — all lovingly baked on the premises. Their rapturous, raspberry-jam-filled or chocolate crepes ($2) will help build your strong body 12 ways. Sumptuous large cakes for special occasions are made to order. Get your fill of Le Petit's crepes at the West Palm Beach Greenmarket on Saturdays during season.
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Gail Shepherd
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