Lobster & Corn Bisque - yum.

New – Lobster & Corn Bisque, yum!

Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com


Looking for an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Try Au Bon Pain in Farmington, Connecticut at Westfarms Mall. The European feel of this small bakery/cafe is inviting. It features a variety of breads displayed immediately above half a dozen pots of simmering soups – plus offerings of croissants & more.

Founded in 1978 in Boston, where it is still headquarted, Au Bon Pain which in French means -place with good bread or, with the good bread – is now a nationwide chain. As well, it has a presence in countries outside the United States.028

Au Bon Pain at “Westfarms” has the sense of being spacious, with a selection of long, round, or high seat tables and full windows that face a corridor on the lower level, leading to the Macy’s end of the mall. At peak hours expect to hear the buzz of conversation all around but in a pleasant way.


Holiday special.

It is a perfect spot to duck into for a breakfast or lunch sandwich. And, oh those soups. My personal favorite is the 12 veggie stew combined with a half BLT on country white bread, with applewood smoked bacon, mesclun ( a mix of young salad greens), tomatoes and mayo. However, on my most recent visit I decided to try a new item – Lobster & Corn Bisque with a multi-grain roll – excellent! Typically, I enjoy finishing with one of their good-tasting oatmeal raisin cookies. However, a gingerbread man cookie – special for the season – is on my radar for next time.

Chase away the chill with a hot chocolate.

Chase away the chill with whipped cream topped  hot chocolate.

In addition they have hot chocolate on the menu – an ideal choice with the “Icicle Man” knocking on the door.

This is a stand in line, order at the counter then seat yourself place. Au Bon Pain has gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, low -fat and reduced sodium options. Link onto “menu” at their website http://www.aubonpain.com for details about ingredients.

In addition to hot and cold sandwiches, they serve “freshly brewed” coffee made from Arabica beans, other beverages, entrees, salads, Petit Plates and Snacks, and a kid’s menu. An array of bakery sweets are visible to peruse while standing in line. They also do take-out and catering.



Au Bon Pain at Westfarms, 500 S.Rd., Farmington, CT  (860-521-5319 ) Open Mon -Sat 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.