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la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe Restaurant Review: We like la Madeleine for its nice selection of French and Mediterranean dishes and tasty baked goods. Wherever these French bakery restaurants open, they become a community magnet. Deal makers meet for breakfast, friends flock here for lunch, overworked corporate types come by to pick up dinner to go, while mall shoppers and tourists drop in any time. Salads are dressed and tossed to order, quick picks like croque monsieurs and quiches await in a heated display case, and a blackboard lists the daily specials. New items are introduced regularly, but the consistent favorites are tomato basil soup, Caesar salad and rosemary-roasted chicken. Take home a loaf of brick-oven baked bread or something from the pastry case to perk up your own cooking efforts.