Upon walking in, I immediately felt like I was in a small cafe in Paris. Breakfast is more casual; you order at the counter and can take the food to go or sit at any of the dining room or patio tables. Lunch and dinner are full service in the bar or dining room.
Next we tried an almond croissant, and it was surprisingly the first time I'd ever tried one. My first reaction was "I can't believe what I've been missing!" although I'm sure most don't compare to Pain D'Avignon. This was warm with tons of gooey cinnamon in the middle, almost like the top of a cinnamon bun.
Finally, we shared the Oeufs Pochés: two poached eggs over crispy polenta, served with housemade sausage and tomato compote. This reminded me of shakshuka, but more refined in both presentation and flavor. I loved the contrasting textures of the fried polenta, and the combination of the runny egg and dallop of tomato compote.
When we couldn't eat another bite, we headed out back for a tour of the bakery. I can't even begin to describe the amount of care and attention to detail that goes into each and every product. It was truly unlike anything I've ever seen.
After tasting the end result I never want to eat mass produced bread again! I brought home a bag of the bakery items, and just today one of my coworkers commented on my sandwich saying the bread looked homemade.
Pain D'Avignon is available at several local farmers markets (including Sowa) as well as Whole Foods. If you're ever in Hyannis, you have to check out the restaurant!