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I enjoy many types of food, but one of my favorites is French cuisine. French cuisine is incredibly complex and draws on many years of history. It was my visits to France that made me realize how much the French revere quality cuisine. Thanks to my daughter’s friend, I discovered the Petite Boulangerie Française in Redondo Beach.

After visiting France, I became addicted to croissants. I used to bake commercially available frozen croissants and until I visited France I had no idea how good they could be. I like them when they’re crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and have a strong buttery taste.

The husband and wife team of Guillaume and Deborah Sabbadin owns the Petite Boulangerie Française and is their first brick and mortar. Previously, they operated a restaurant business and sold their baked goods at various farmers’ markets in the Los Angeles area.

I walk past their restaurant several times a week. Despite this, I was unaware of their existence, in part because the facade of their bakery and their sign is almost perpendicular to Boulevard Palos Verdes. More prominent is The Coffee Cartel sign next to them. They have a very small one. Fortunately, there is plenty of paid street parking available.

Small French Bakery - Pastries
Various pastries – Regular and chocolate croissants, Danish with raspberries and apples
Small French Bakery - Kouign Amann
One of my favorites, the Kouign Amann

Because the bakery is small, they only allow one party at a time. As it was my first time there, I bought a lot of items to try. Two items were a must that day, a regular croissant and a Parisian sandwich on a French baguette. Deborah asked me to wait outside while Guillaume made my sandwich and added that she would pass it through their window.

I was delighted with the freshness of everything. The best French bakers use a lot of butter, and you can enjoy it in the crust. I especially enjoyed the raspberry danish topped with powdered sugar. The Plain Crescent is one of the best deals in LA, and I’m glad they’re near me.

Small French Bakery - sandwich
The Parisian Sandwich

In France, sandwiches are simple. It’s all about the quality baguette, and you can’t add your toppings like a Subway sandwich. Their Parisian sandwich has prosciutto, brie, arugula and a pesto spread. The baguette is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

This small shop also offers freshly made sweet or savory pancakes, cakes, fruit pies and sorbets. Make sure to check their little board for their daily specials.

Small French bakery, 1820 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277; 310,504,0245;

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