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Pitchoun! Is Downtown LA's New Mecca for Fancy French Breads and Pastries

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A little taste of Southern France right next to Pershing Square.

Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Pitchoun! is now serving the bright and early denizens of Downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to Financial District and across from Pershing Square. Needless to say, the early response has been tremendous, with a cavernous space that seats dozens and a wide array of Gallic delights that include fresh breads, pastries, soups, sandwiches, and specialties like croque monsieur.

Founder Frédéric Soulies, who hails from a family of bakers and wheat farmers in Southwest France, has partnered with wife Fabienne to launch one of the most authentic French bakeries in town, with a full fledged boulangerie of baguettes, croissants, kouign-amanns, and even pan bagnats.

For some savory bites, delve into a Monaco salad (Fabienne's hometown), loaded up with prosciutto, cantaloupe, peas, tomatoes, and mozzerella, or bite into a French hot dog, with dijon and puff pastry. Breakfast starts daily at 7 a.m., with Provencal eggs (sunny-side up eggs with fried tomatoes and herbes de provence) and a Country Tartine, topped with country ham and unsalted butter. Hours run 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with weekend service until 4 p.m.

545 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA