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la Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe Restaurant Review: When this French-inspired café-bakery hit town, Washingtonians cheered. It offers decent and basic continental/French cooking, warming bowls of soup, and fresh-baked breads and pastries, all at bargain prices. Countless people find this combination irresistible for a nourishing breakfast, speedy lunch, or warming dinner. Food is served Cafeteria-style, and customers should check both the blackboard and the menu before making a final decision. Among the most popular dishes is the tomato basil soup, which has become a signature dish, and the rosemary roasted chicken. Innovations include a bevy of provençal dishes with hearty country-French flavors.