7/09/2013 05:00:00 PM

Picnics, Paté and More: Bastille Day Festivities Around LA

Liberté, Egalité, Pâté!
You're still nursing your Fourth of July hangover, which is why you should just move right into the Bastille Day celebrations. Every July 14, the French and Francophiles celebrate the storming of the Bastille, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, with picnics, pâté and petanque. Here in LA, delicious deals abound at top French restaurants around town on Sunday, plus parties, movie screenings and more. Vive la liberté!

The entire day will be devoted to French food and fun in Beverly Hills. You'll get complimentary watermelon cocktails to toast the day. The patio will become a BBQ station for the three-course menu ($50 per person), which includes mesclun salad, pâté, pork, chicken, lamb or beef from the grill, and desserts. There will be specials at Bar Bouchon, like salmon tartare and tarte flambee, plus the bar's signature White Apron beer. To close the day, Moulin Rouge will be screened in the park next door. Festivities and menus go from 11 AM-9 PM; the movie starts at 8 PM.

Church & State
Chef Tony Ensault will serve a special menu on the patio at the Downtown bistro from 11:30 AM-2 PM. Look for oysters, foie de volaille with toasted baguette, ratatouille, chocolate mousse, and house-made lamb merguez sandwiches. Sip some picpoul or pastis, and mingle with the neighbors.

Mimi’s Cafe
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the SoCal-born chain, Mimi's will offer five of its classic dishes at their original 1978 pricing on July 14. Among them, the French onion soup will only be $2.25; pain perdu, $4.25; and eggs Benedict $3.95. Multiple locations.

Comme Ca
Celebrate Bastille Day all week with food and drink specials at David Myers West Hollywood spot. A la carte specials include coq au vin, pork rillettes with pickled vegetables, plus regular dinner and happy hour menus. On Sunday, July 14, celebratory cocktails like the St. Melrose with gin, St. Germaine, Lillet and Peychaud's, will cost only $7.14.

Kendall's Brasserie
Get a three-course menu from chef Jean Pierre Bosc, which includes a choice of salad frisee Lyonnaise or eggplant terrine; bouillabaisse or Colorado lamb with tomato confit; and strawberry chaud-froid or peach melba. Order a la carte or prix fixe for $55 per person. 3:30-9 PM.

Fig & Olive
On Saturday and Sunday, the West Hollywood French-inspired spot will have a three-course brunch for $28 per person from 11 AM-3 PM. Think: truffled mushroom croquettes; lobster bisque; crab cake eggs Benedict; and grilled chicken paillard. In the evenings, the happy hour menu will feature Bastille Day specials from 5-7 PM.

Domaine LA
The Melrose Avenue wine shop celebrates with a French wine and fromage tasting on Sunday from 2-5 PM. Kathe Lison, author of The Whole Fromage, will be in the house signing copies of her book and dishing on all things cheese, while Jill Bernheimer will pour wines.

Bastille Day Festival
Enjoy a petanque tournamet, Parisian waiter races, street performers, a French craft fair, and food and drinks at this annual holiday party. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door; food and drink costs extra. Noon to 8 PM (Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area, 5401 S. Fairfax Ave.).


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