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Celebrate Bastille Day With French Food And Wine

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Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité!

Back in 1789, the French underclass had had enough with the one percent of their time. The aristocracy had all the wealth, made all the decisions and basically didn't give a damn about the downtrodden and the hungry, you know, the other 99 percent. It was a time of kings and opulence, if you could afford it. But it was a time of want and uncertainty if you couldn't. Across the pond, about a decade earlier, a ragtag bunch of a new breed, called Americans, had told their British overlords to go to hell. And that was what a band of French rebels was about to do as well. On July 14, the gang stormed the Bastille prison, a gaudy, gothic monstrosity that at the time didn't even have a dozen prisoners incarcerated. But it was a symbol of all that was wrong with France, the rebels felt. Their raid ushered in the French Revolution, which dispatched with the monarchy and many of the aristocracy (King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette both lost their heads) and changed the history of France.

Two-hundred-some years later, La Fete Nationale, or Bastille Day as we call it here in the States, is still celebrated in France – and in French-speaking countries across the world. In addition to its historic significance, the French holiday offers us a reason to embrace our own inner Frenchmen and women. Head out to some of these fantastic French spots to commemorate what mighty things can happen when people come together for a cause.


-Holly Beretto

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Brasserie 19

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1919 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 524-1919
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This River Oaks hotspot is serving Coq Au Vin, a rustic dish of chicken made in wine, all day long for Bastille Day. But before you dive in to its homey goodness, start the meal with a French 75 cocktail, made with Ford’s gin and shaken with sugar, fresh-squeezed lemon and Champagne. Vive la France!

2. Au Petit Paris

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2048 Colquitt St
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 524-7070
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Stop in for a complimentary French cocktail with your dinner, any time between 5:00 -9:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss the chicken fricassee, done with Champagne, chive mashed potatoes and served with green beans. The pan-seared snapper is also an excellent choice. "Au Petit Paris" [Photo: Houston Press]

3. Bistro des Amis

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2347 University Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 349-8441
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Visit this charming eatery in Rice Village which is offering a $44 menu (for two people; each addition person is $22), featuring a three-course dinner and a bottle of wine. Choose from a house salad or soup of the day; salmon, pan-roasted chicken or quiche Lorraine; and brioche pudding with warm chocolate or fruit and cream. Wine selections offer a rose, white and red.

4. Bistro Provence

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13616 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX
(713) 827-8008
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Head on out to this rustic, intimate spot for a special menu that gives a winking nod to the Tricolor, the bleu, blanc et rouge (blue, white and red), of the French flag. Choose from appetizers (Vichyssoise or Heirloom tomato Carpaccio with a bleu cheese crumble), an entrée (Chateaubriand, Herb-infused fish or Coq Au Vin Rouge) and dessert (Dame blanche, a vanilla ice cream with meringue or Tarte Blue).

5. Chez Nous

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217 S Avenue G
Humble, TX 77338
This cozy Humble spot is a go-to for unpretentious French fare. Seamlessly blending old-school service with casual atmosphere, the menu is a wealth of classically prepared favorites: escargots, a killer Muscovy duck in a Burgundy citrus sauce, French cheese plates. When you join the restaurant’s email list, you have access to the monthly three-course, prix-fixe menu, an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $35 ($50 with two glasses of wine). One visit here and even the most die-hard of Inner Loopers will find reasons to return again and again. "Chez Nous" [Photo: Culture Map]

6. Etoile Cuisine et Bar

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1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(832) 668-5808
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Think of it as les deux Philippes (the two Philippes). Etoile’s chef Philippe Verpiant is hosting the French Cowboy himself, Philippe Schmit, as a guest chef tonight. They’re teaming up for a four-course feast, complete with festive ambiance (think an accordion player and décor). The pre-fixe menu is $78 per person and offers items such as a goat cheese tart, halibut with artichokes, roasted duck and a dessert of strawberry mousse, prepared by Executive Sous Chef Jose Hernandez.

7. Salé-Sucré

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2916 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 623-1406
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This small spot up in the Heights might not get a lot of attention – but it should, because the menu features classic French dishes that are tasty, affordable and approachable. Celebrate France’s revolution with a heaping dish of Moules Marinieres, a gorgeous presentation of briney mussels touched with a citrus-hinted white wine and savory herbs de Provence. Bonus: they come with truffle French Fries.

8. Sweet Paris Creperie

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2420 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 360-6266
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Sweet Paris “revolutionizes” its Very Berry Crème Brulee crepe for Bastille Day, tricking it out with blueberries and raspberries, presenting it on the dish to look like the French flag. It’s a whimsical presentation on a house favorite. You may find yourself saying, “Let them eat crepes.”

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1. Brasserie 19

1919 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
This River Oaks hotspot is serving Coq Au Vin, a rustic dish of chicken made in wine, all day long for Bastille Day. But before you dive in to its homey goodness, start the meal with a French 75 cocktail, made with Ford’s gin and shaken with sugar, fresh-squeezed lemon and Champagne. Vive la France!
1919 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019

2. Au Petit Paris

2048 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098
Stop in for a complimentary French cocktail with your dinner, any time between 5:00 -9:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss the chicken fricassee, done with Champagne, chive mashed potatoes and served with green beans. The pan-seared snapper is also an excellent choice. "Au Petit Paris" [Photo: Houston Press]
2048 Colquitt St
Houston, TX 77098

3. Bistro des Amis

2347 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Visit this charming eatery in Rice Village which is offering a $44 menu (for two people; each addition person is $22), featuring a three-course dinner and a bottle of wine. Choose from a house salad or soup of the day; salmon, pan-roasted chicken or quiche Lorraine; and brioche pudding with warm chocolate or fruit and cream. Wine selections offer a rose, white and red.
2347 University Blvd
Houston, TX 77005

4. Bistro Provence

13616 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX
Head on out to this rustic, intimate spot for a special menu that gives a winking nod to the Tricolor, the bleu, blanc et rouge (blue, white and red), of the French flag. Choose from appetizers (Vichyssoise or Heirloom tomato Carpaccio with a bleu cheese crumble), an entrée (Chateaubriand, Herb-infused fish or Coq Au Vin Rouge) and dessert (Dame blanche, a vanilla ice cream with meringue or Tarte Blue).
13616 Memorial Dr
Houston, TX

5. Chez Nous

217 S Avenue G, Humble, TX 77338
This cozy Humble spot is a go-to for unpretentious French fare. Seamlessly blending old-school service with casual atmosphere, the menu is a wealth of classically prepared favorites: escargots, a killer Muscovy duck in a Burgundy citrus sauce, French cheese plates. When you join the restaurant’s email list, you have access to the monthly three-course, prix-fixe menu, an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $35 ($50 with two glasses of wine). One visit here and even the most die-hard of Inner Loopers will find reasons to return again and again. "Chez Nous" [Photo: Culture Map]
217 S Avenue G
Humble, TX 77338

6. Etoile Cuisine et Bar

1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
Think of it as les deux Philippes (the two Philippes). Etoile’s chef Philippe Verpiant is hosting the French Cowboy himself, Philippe Schmit, as a guest chef tonight. They’re teaming up for a four-course feast, complete with festive ambiance (think an accordion player and décor). The pre-fixe menu is $78 per person and offers items such as a goat cheese tart, halibut with artichokes, roasted duck and a dessert of strawberry mousse, prepared by Executive Sous Chef Jose Hernandez.
1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

7. Salé-Sucré

2916 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
This small spot up in the Heights might not get a lot of attention – but it should, because the menu features classic French dishes that are tasty, affordable and approachable. Celebrate France’s revolution with a heaping dish of Moules Marinieres, a gorgeous presentation of briney mussels touched with a citrus-hinted white wine and savory herbs de Provence. Bonus: they come with truffle French Fries.
2916 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

8. Sweet Paris Creperie

2420 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Sweet Paris “revolutionizes” its Very Berry Crème Brulee crepe for Bastille Day, tricking it out with blueberries and raspberries, presenting it on the dish to look like the French flag. It’s a whimsical presentation on a house favorite. You may find yourself saying, “Let them eat crepes.”
2420 Rice Blvd
Houston, TX 77005

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