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French Foodies Fete Bastille Day in LA

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Tomorrow is Bastille Day, and even though we're thousands of miles from France, we're feeling all warm and frenchy with the addition of Parisist to our family, and are ready to say "Vive La France!" LA style.

We could always take an all-American and classic Angeleno approach, and celebrate with a picnic (with Brie, French bread, some chocolate, and plenty of French wine, bien sur) and a show at the Hollywood Bowl. Tomorrow night's program is all Gershwin, and while George was not a Frenchman, he did happen to compose "An American in Paris," which will be performed by the LA Philharmonic.

But if dining al fresco and a symphony orchestra aren't your scene, you can always do the French restaurant route and celebrate with some phenomenal food, from the more relaxed bistro fare to haute cuisine. Some of our city's best French (or French-influenced) restaurants include: Bastide, Cafe Pinot, Cezanne, Citrine, Four Oaks, JiRaffe, L'Orangerie, La Cachette, Melisse, Cafe Stella, Cafe Bizou, Noe Restaurant (Japanese meets French), and Pastis. And just in case, be sure to avoid Cafe Figaro, which we wish we had.

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But of course, Bastille Day is the French's Fourth of July, and that means, perhaps, a larger scale celebration. There are a couple of events going on in that vein, one on the Fourteenth proper, and one this weekend.

On July 14 Mix restaurant and Laurent-Perrier host a special Champagne dinner featuring a five-course menu of French bistro faves on the patio. Seatings are at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Champagne starts to flow at 6 p.m. for early celebrants. And, on Sunday July 17 The Consulate General of France is running a free festival at the Page Museum from Noon to 8:00 p.m., which aims to bring France to the City of Angels. Activities include a Provencal pétanque tournament and a Parisian waiters’ race, and all they'll have all sorts of French food, wine and beer. Music will be provided by the French Latin Funk Group Patje and Hot Fab Djazz Club Jazz Band.

For more information, including addresses and contact information, for these events and locations, follow us after the jump.

Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Avenue (323) 850-2000. Tickets available at publication time range from $6-42, and can be purchased online via the Bowl, at the box office, or over the phone.

Bastide 8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood (323) 651-0426

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Cafe Pinot 700 West 5th Street, (213) 239-6500

Cezanne at Le Merigot Hotel & Spa 1740 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, (310) 395-9700

Citrine 8360 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, (323) 655-1690

Four Oaks
2181 North Beverly Glen Boulevard, (310) 470-2265

JiRaffe 502 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, (310) 917-6671

L'Orangerie 903 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, (310) 652-9770

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La Cachette 10506 Santa Monica Boulevard, (310) 470-4992

Melisse 1104 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881

Cafe Stella
3932 Sunset Boulevard, (323) 666-0265

Cafe Bizou 3 locations: Sherman Oaks, Pasadena, & Santa Monica. Visit website for details.

Noe 251 South Olive Strett, (213) 356-4100

Pastis 8112 Beverly Boulevard, (323) 655-8822

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Mix Restaurant's July 14th Bastille Day event: For reservations call 323-650-4649. Mix, 1114 North Crescent Heights Boulevard, West Hollywood.

Consulate General's Bastille Day Festival
: For more information, visit www.bastilledaylosangeles.com. The gardens of the Page Museum, 5801 Wilshire Boulevard.

Photo credit: Gary & Donna Larson