Today as the temperature hit the mid seventies, we were looking for a late lunch and somewhere to sit outside in the sunshine that was not going to take too long. We had been running a few errands in downtown Hyannis and only had time to grab a quick bite. Helen suggested we might find what we were looking for at the bakery cafe/restaurant Pain d’Avignon. Over the last few months we had heard several very favorable reports from people we know, who had dined at this restaurant, so we wanted to take a look for ourselves. Pain d’ Avignon, as you will probably guess from the name, is a very successful “traditional French bakery”, and for all our years living in the south of France we can certainly vouch for its authenticity.
We arrived just in time to find a table outside on the small terrace, and we then enjoyed a sandwich and coke each. We were impressed by the friendly and prompt service as well as the quality of our food. We also appreciated being able to sit in the sunshine – the tables overlook a small courtyard, which also provides ample parking for cafe customers.
Pain d’ Avignon is located near the airport just 10 minutes from our historic bed and breakfast in Yarmouth Port. We were impressed enough to want to return and try the dinner menu. The restaurant must rely heavily on ” bouche a l’ oreille ” ( word of mouth ) for attracting its following – it was certainly bustling with people when we were there, even at 2.30 in the afternoon. As for Avignon itself, it remains one of our favourite French towns, where this Cape Cod cafe could in our opinion, more than hold its own in the quality of its pastries alone! The only disappointment was the absence of France’s most popular pastry, found in every bakery from Calais to Narbonne ,” le pain aux raisins” – nevermind, perhaps the pastry chef can be persuaded to add this to his repertoire.