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7 French spots for a Bastille Day fête

Celebrate Bastille Day with a classic French meal
Break out the berets and brie: It's French Independence Day

Bastille Day is Monday, July 14, and this weekend bistros around Los Angeles are showing off their French pride. If you want to get back to your French roots, or if you took a year of Francais in high school, or if you just have an immense affinity for cheese, this is the holiday for you. Check out these spots for a French meal and certainly a “Vive la France!” chant or two:

Les Noces du Figaro has created a Bastille Day prix fixe menu for $35. The meal includes hors d’oeuvres, an entrée and either beer or wine. The menu includes coq au vin, soupe a l’oignon and escargots.  Les Noces du Figaro, 618 S Broadway, Los Angeles, (213) 622-2116, www.figarobistrot.com 

The Little Door has created an entirely new menu just for Bastille Day. The special menu includes salmon carpaccio, grilled white sea bass and balsamic roasted peaches. A live band will provide background music for the evening. Reservations are made through OpenTable. The Little Door, 8164 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, (323) 951-1210, www.thelittledoor.com

Monsieur Marcel is revamping the entire restaurant in head-to-toe French patriotic decorations. They have hired an accordion player who will provide classic French music to set the tone of the evening. In addition, Monsieur Marcel is offering half-off glasses of Champagne. Reservations are pouring in, so if interested, call the restaurant quickly. Monsieur Marcel, 6333 W 3rd St #144, Los Angeles, (323) 939-7792, www.mrmarcel.com

A Food Affair is usually closed on Mondays, but it is opening its doors especially for Bastille Day. They are offering a $35 prix fixe menu of three courses from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Their regular dinner menu will also be available for a la carte options. Call the restaurant for reservations.  A Food Affair, 1515 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, (310) 557-9795, www.afoodaffair.com

L'Assiette Steak Frites is commemorating French independence with a classic French dish -- Steak Frites. Along with the filet, the restaurant is offering a free kir royale to diners anytime between 5:30 p.m. and midnight. To reserve a seat, visit their website. L'Assiette Steak Frites, 7166 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 274-2319, www.lassiettesteakfrites.com/

Bouchon Beverly Hills is celebrating a day early with a special brunch and dinner on Sunday, July 13. The day will be filled with family friendly attractions, including face painting, a balloon artist and even a French mime. Besides the activities, the menu will be full of specials including $2 oysters all day. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner is from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Visit their website to RSVP. Bouchon Beverly Hills, 235 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 271-9910, www.bouchonbistro.com

Maison Giraud Restaurant & Bakery is hosting a weekend of specials for Bastille Day starting Friday, July 11, to Sunday, July 13. The menu includes lobster bisque, wild California sea bass and farmers market apricot tart. Make your reservations on OpenTable or call the restaurant. Maison Giraud Restaurant & Bakery, 1032 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, (310) 459-756, www.maison-giraud.com

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