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First look: Croissant bun burgers, duck confit hash and cocktails at La Boulange

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La Boulange, an LA outlet of the San Francisco bakery, is opening on La Brea June 12
Croissant bun burgers, shakes and more at La Boulange, opening June 12 on La Brea

La Boulange, the first Los Angeles outlet of the San Francisco La Boulange bakeries, will open June 12. Founder Pascal Rigo has expanded the offerings at the Los Angeles location, which occupies a corner of La Brea and Fourth Street, to include breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. 

The menu includes Rigo's signature pastries, which are currently also sold at Starbucks, along with a selection of sandwiches, salads, burgers, fries, soup and breakfast items. Starbucks acquired La Boulange in 2012, and all Starbucks locations are expected to carry La Boulange-prepared food by the end of the year.

The sandwiches at La Boulange include the B.E.L.T. with bacon, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and aioli on ciabatta; the steak sandwich with tomatoes, arugula, grilled onions, Swiss and tarragon aioli on ciabatta; and the croque monsieur with ham, Swiss, béchamel and toasted pain de mie ($8.95 to $10.95). For every club sandwich purchased, the restaurant will donate one meal to the L.A. Food Bank as part of its Eat One, Share One program. 

There's also a kale salad with Swiss chard; a smoked trout salad with apple, potatoes, walnut bread croutons and citrus vinaigrette; and a quinoa salad with cherry tomato, parsley and arugula ($7.95 to $10.95). Guests can build their own burgers or choose one of the pre-built options. Rigo is making a special croissant bun you can use to sandwich any burger. 

"It's a place where you can come at any time, linger, take your time, no rush," said Rigo. 

There's a free condiment bar in the center of the restaurant with jars of La Boulange jams, pickles, olives, mustard, hot sauce and more. The house jams, granola, caramel sauce and more will also be available for purchase. 

In addition to the sandwiches and salads, you can order fries, sweet potato fries or onion strings and choose from a selection of what Rigo calls "super thick shakes" made with ice cream and house jam, house caramel sauce and more ($5.95).

Starbucks-roasted beans will be available for espresso drinks and specialty lattes along with an exclusive La Boulange house blend by Starbucks. There are also house-made sodas, soju-based house cocktails and a selection of beer and wine on tap. 

The restaurant is an interpretation of a modern farm house that features a three-part design with an area for ordering food, a coffee station and a 10-seat bar with two TVs and additional bar seating. The restaurant's floor-to-ceiling windows fill the space with natural light, and extra lighting is provided by a chandelier made of olive buckets near the front  and Edison bulb-lined booths in the dining area.

And there's a free parking lot behind it. We know, gasp. 

La Boulange will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

359 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, www.laboulangeallday.com/.

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