Bastille Day eats: Where to celebrate like a Francophile

French holiday


When Bastille Day and the World Cup finals fall on the same weekend, the Francophile universe tilts just a little. 

On Saturday, we can all travel to France without leaving Palm Beach County. Consider Bastille Day your flight there – and your best excuse to keep celebrating France’s win over Belgium this week en route to Sunday’s World Cup final. 

In any case, your culinary options this weekend are copieux. 

  • Pistache in West Palm starts the party early at brunch Saturday with “rosé á volonté” (unlimited rosé) poured from those impressively large bottles. For dinner that night, the buzzy bistro rolls out a special a la carte menu that pops with French favorites like bouillabaisse, Burgundian-style escargot and pistachio crème brûlée. The voyage is made complete via live music from Les Nuages, a band that features my favorite accordion player (and colleague), Frank Cerabino.  (Pistache: 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090)
  • For a more boho vibe, head to Northwood, where Pétanque Kitchen will be offering special dishes in honor of the holiday. As you might expect from the funky bar’s name, there will be celebratory pétanque games as well. (Pétanque: 517 Northwood Rd., West Palm Beach; 561-273-5441)
  • In north county, the folks at Paris in Town Le Bistro (Downtown at the Gardens) are doing bottomless mimosas and a Bastille Day crepe at Saturday brunch, plus bar and dinner specials later in the day. (Paris in Town: 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-1616)
  • In Lake Worth, Dayane’s Bistro is serving a very French Bastille Day menu on both Friday and Saturday nights. The three-course dinner costs $39 per person and includes a mimosa or glass of Champagne.  (Dayane’s Bistro: 516 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth; 561-533-0840)

We’ll take one of each, s’il vous plait!


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