These restaurants are pulling out all the stops for Bastille Day, otherwise known as France's independence day and July 14. Here are some celebrations happening around town in honor of the holiday. Vive la France!
Bouchon Bistro's family fun: Bouchon Bistro will throw a party from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a caricaturist, balloon artist and face painter. You can start the day with a complimentary non-alcoholic watermelon cocktail and families can get a three-course meal for $50 per person and $25 for kids under 10 years old. The menu includes mesclun salad and pate, pork, chicken, lamb or fish served with fresh vegetables, and a dessert board. The Bar Bouchon will have a special happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. In the adjacent Beverly Canon Gardens, there will be a screening of "Moulin Rouge" at 8 p.m. with truffle popcorn and Bouchon Bakery treats available for purchase. 235 N Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 271-9910.
Church & State brunch: Church & State Bistro is offering a La Jour de la Bastille brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The traditional French menu will include oysters; foie de volaille with toasted baguette; lamb merguez sandwiches; brochette de poulet; ratatouille; and mousse au chocolat. The brunch will be accompanied by drinks with pastis, picpoul, panache, rosé and mint spritzers -- and a pétanque tournament. 1850 Industrial St., No. 100, Los Angeles, (213) 405-1434.
Mimi’s Cafe anniversary: For a joint Bastille Day and 35th anniversary celebration, Mimi’s Cafe will serve classic dishes for their original 1978 prices, such as French onion soup for $2.25, pain perdu for $4.25, muffins for $0.45, a French dip sandwich for $4.10, and eggs Benedict for $3.95. All lunch and dinner guests will get a chance to win $10,000, a trip for two to Napa Valley, an in-home dinner prepared by Mimi’s Executive Chef Katie Sutton, and Mimi’s gift cards. 2925 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles. 19710 Nordhoff Place, Chatsworth. 25343 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. 8455 Firestone Blvd., Downey.
Comme Ca cocktails: Honoring the date, Comme Ca’s cocktails will be priced at $7.14. The celebratory drinks include La Fete National with apple brandy, Combier and lemon; Comme Ca-Elysee with gin, green chartreuse, lemon and angostura bitters; and St. Melrose with gin, St. Germaine, Lillet and Pechaud’s. 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 782-1104.
Fig & Olive weekend brunch: On July 13 and 14, Fig & Olive will serve a three-course prix-fixe brunch for $28 per person from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The brunch will feature truffle mushroom croquette; lobster bisque; crab cake eggs Benedict; south of France poached eggs with salmon; and grilled chicken paillard. Signature cocktails and wine will be available for $9 each. From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a summer Aperitivo menu with $9 drinks and $7 small plates. 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, (310) 360-9100.
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