Celebrating Bastille Day in L.A. This Weekend

[caption id=“” align=“aligncenter” width=“500”] The Patio at Cliff’s Edge[/caption] As foodists, we all have a little Francophile in us. Why not celebrate France’s Le FĂŞte Nationale some place around town? Whether it’s to enjoy a couple Kir Royales outdoors under the canopy of the Farmer’s Market, playing PĂ©tanque after having slurped a dozen oysters downtown, a dinner in an intimate French Bistro or out on a gorgeous patio, Bastille Day is a perfect excuse to get out and live it up. (As if you really needed a reason to eat French food, right?) Check these special celebrations in and around town. Most are on Saturday, but Church & State has delayed their celebration til Sunday just for belated revelers: Saturday, July 14th, 2012 Monsieur Marcel - Mid-City West, Santa Monica (Open 9 AM - 9 PM)

The little restaurant stand inside The Original Farmer’s Market is now also on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade and ready to serve up cocktails for the holiday. Monsieur Marcel will be serving Kir Royales for $7.99 and Kir Normales for $6.99 each on the holiday. After all, you’ll have every reason to toast Felix Kira, a member of the French resistance, the French Parliament and eventual mayor of Dijon in Burgundy. Prefer to celebrate with some eats? Start off with a French Onion Soup ($6.75) accompanied by a FrisĂ©e Salad with Feta Cheese and Hazelnuts ­($13.75). Other options you’ll want to consider: Niçoise Salad with Seared Ahi Tuna, Egg, and Lemon ($19.50) Ham on Fleur de Sel Baguette with Cornichons and Radish ($15.95) Moules Frites with Steamed Mussels and Fries ($19.25) Steak Frites, a classic Hanger Steak with Fries ($19.50) Duck Confit with Lentils and Kale ($27) Crème BrĂ»lĂ©e ($5) Affogato ($4) Macarons, Fruit Tarts ($5-6)

Papilles - Hollywood

At Santos Uy and Tim Carey’s no-nonsense, curiously ambitious wine bistro, they’ll be celebrating Bastille Day with a three-course prix fixe menu for a bargain $30. Enjoy $12 carafes of natural French wines to further  Two seatings (6-6:30 & 8-9 PM) are available, as is this menu:

  1. French Onion Soup or Frisée Salad with French Radishes
  2. Moules Frites or Steak Frites
  3. Camembert or Chocolate Mousse

And that shall take care of the all essentials - and then some. Be sure to call to reserve your seating.

Cliff’s Edge - Silver Lake

Celebrate the storming of Bastille with a menu by Ben Bailly on Saturday night while enjoying the patio at Cliff’s Edge - hands-down one of the most beautiful settings in LA. Choose from the following options for a 3-course delight ($45 per person):

  1. Frisee aux Lardons poached egg, crispy bacon, bleu cheese, croutons or Escargot au Gratin braised snails, garlic, parsley, mushrooms, tomatoes
  2. Saumon a L’Orseille Atlantic salmon, puy lentils salad, sorrel butter or Onglet a L’Echalote Prime hangar steak, shallots sauce, roasted fingerling
  3. Apricot Tart, Vanilla Creme Brulee or Glacee & Sorbet

Sunday, July 15, 2012 Church & State - Downtown LA 11 AM - 3 PM If you feel like extending your celebrating to daytime Sunday, Downtown LA’s stalwart French bistro, Church & State has got something just your speed. Chef Jeremy Berlin will be offering assorted French sandwiches. MaĂ®tre Écailler Christophe Happillon, will be on hand with his famous raw bar serving up not only oysters (!!!), but clams, crab, shrimp and accompaniments for you to enjoy throughout the day. Sarah Clarke, Church & State’s Sommelier and Beverage Director has a  special menu with a selection of French wines, artisan beers and new summer cocktails for guests to enjoy all afternoon as well. And when in Downtown LA, do as the French do, and play a little PĂ©tanque. It’ll be a perfect way to casually celebrate, as there are “no reservations - just fun.” Happy Bastille Day, wherever you’ll be! See you around town.

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Monsieur Marcel The Original Farmer’s Market 6333 W 3rd St #150 Los Angeles, CA 323.939.7792

1260 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 310.587.1166


Papilles 6221 Franklin Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90028 323.871.2026

Cliff’s Edge 3626 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 323.666.6116


Church and State Bistro 1850 Industrial Street Los Angeles, CA 90021 213.405.1434