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Bastille Day: Seven Spots to Get Your Bag(uette) On

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L.A.'s French-aligned restaurants are gearing up this weekend for another Bastille Day, the annual commemoration of the 1789 storming that lead to a more democratic French republic. With Bastille Day approaching again this Saturday, we figured we'd call together a quick cheat sheet of Francophile restaurants planning to party it up, just to clarify who is offering what, when, and how in celebration of France's huge holiday. Take a look (We've also updated the list by adding another option).

A.O.C. will honor Bastille Day on Saturday by offering a $45 prix fixe menu centered on French classics with Cali coasts, including wood-oven cooked goat cheese tartine with haricots verts nicoise, anchovy brown butter, and cherry tomatoes, steak frites, and bouillabaisse. Running from 6:00-10:00 P.M., wines paired by Caroline Styne will also be available, while pastry chef Lauren Herman will offer beignets and cheese for dessert. Reservations at 323-653-6359.

Bouchon is offering all comers a gratis glass of Kir on Saturday, along with two-dollar oysters and a special run of "Tricolour" macarons, priced two-for-one all day.

Church & State is blowing off Saturday (July 14, actual Bastille Day) for a Sunday celebration from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on its front patio. Chef Jeremy Berlin will prepare French sandwiches, sold a la carte, while oyster dude maitre ecallier Christophe Happillon will oversee a raw bar with clams, crab, oysters, shrimp, and various accoutrements. There will also be a special selection of drinks, put together by beverage director Sarah Clarke, live French tunes, and games of bocce-like P├ętanque. Reservations not required and no cover.

Cliff's Edge is planning to show cult French films and play French tunes in the bar, with complimentary rose for anyone dressed in French-themed clothes. There will even be fairground-style scenarios where you can be photographed posing as Marie Antoinette or putting your head in a guillotine. Meanwhile, Ben Bailly will offer a $45 prix-fixe menu with frisee aux lardons, saumon a L'Orseille, steak, and desserts.

Melrose's sterling European haunt Fig & Olive is decorating for its own Saturday soiree, promising a D.J. and a red, white, and blue color scheme. Meanwhile, chef Pascal Lorange will start the day with a $28 weekend brunch menu attached to one's choice of cocktail, including dishes like truffle mushroom fontina eggs, a French omelet, and a Mediterranean mac and cheese. Happy hour, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. will put eight dollar drinks into guests' hands.

Monsiuer Marcel will welcome an accordion player to serenade guests, while pitching Kir Normales for $6.99 and Kir Royales for $7.99.

Papilles in Hollywood is planning a special Bastille Day menu of Gallic classics on Saturday from chef Tim Carey. Priced at just $30, the three-course menu includes choices of French onion soup or a frisee salad for a first course, moules or steak frites for the main, and dessert of Camembert or chocolate mousse, paired with $12 carafes of natural wines from France. Seatings are available at 6:00 and 8:00 P.M., with reservations at 323-871-2026.

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