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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe Restaurant Review: HURRICANE KATRINA: this establishment is currently closed. For a New Orleans Travel Update as well as resources, information and help click here. Some years ago, la Madeleine began as a dependable source of breads, pastries and real French coffee, as well as decent versions of such Gallic standards as quiche and onion soup. These days, at least at lunch and dinner, the views of Jackson Square are its prime attraction. Pizza is at best undistinguished, salads are humdrum, and no self-respecting French cook would claim the sauces on the main courses as his or her own. Pastries are a cut above, although the kitchen's creativity doesn't reach far beyond napoleons, éclairs and the like. Also located at 1327 St. Charles Ave., Lower Garden District, 504-410-8500; 601 S. Carrollton Ave., Carrollton, 504-861-8662; and 3300 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-456-1624.