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la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe Restaurant Review: Take home a loaf of brick-oven baked bread or something from the pastry case to perk up your own cooking efforts. New items are introduced regularly, but the consistent favorites are tomato basil soup, Caesar salad and rosemary-roasted chicken. 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. The consistently solid menu of French-inspired soups, salads and entrées keep the self-service lines advancing like a Napoleonic march.