What to Do for Bastille Day
Celebrate the French holiday with a meal any of these French restaurants in and around Philly—from classic French restaurants like Le Bec-Fin to newer spots like Bistrot La Minette. Click through for details on all the prix fixe menus you can handle.
A La Maison
A La Maison restaurant in Ardmore is serving a three-course prix fixe menu for $45. Dinner features dishes such as sardines marinées, potée de porc, and seared red snapper.
A La Maison, 53 West Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, 484-412-8009
Bistrot La Minette
Chef Peter Woolsey’s is dishing out a twist on his highly revered bistro classics, with a $35 per person, four-course buffet menu of traditional French barbecue in celebration of Bastille Day. Fare includes terrine de campagne (pork and chicken liver paté) rillettes de canard (duck confit rillettes), and saucisse de campagne grillé (grilled house-made country sausage), with many more options to sink your teeth into. Wash it down with any one of their specialty $5 drinks.
Bistrot La Minette, 623 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, 215-925-8000
Georges Perrier’s Main Line staple, Georges’, is offering a $32.95 three-course prix fixe menu through July 16. Savor French classics like escargots, country-style pâté, or lamb tenderloin served with a Brie risotto; there’s also an $85 four-course wine dinner, served tonight only, which features dishes like warm tomato and onion tart accompanied by a 2008 glass of 2008 Domaine Pascal Berthier Macon-Chaintre and roasted filet mignon paired with 2005 Paul Jeune Château Valcombe Cote de Ventoux.
Georges, 503 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, 610-964-2588
For a more refined Bastille Day celebration, head to Le Bec-Fin’s Walnut Street party on Wednesday, July 14 from 12:00 p.m. to dark. Chef-proprietor Georges Perrier’s spin on La Fête Nationale will include specials of classic bistro fare, like $6 croque monsieur (French grilled ham-and-cheese) and saucisson baguette (sausage, mustard, and cornichon). Drink specials include $6 red, white, and sparkling wine, and $6 beer.
Le Bec-Fin, 1523 Walnut Street, 215-567-1000
Rittenhouse Square’s premier open-air brasserie Parc, is reveling in its Bastille Day glory by offering diners a three-course prix fixe menu for $45 perperson. Specialties include frog legs fritot with persillade and lemon, pan roasted moulard duck breast with arugula and montmorency, and a sour cherry clafouti. Feel like getting more in the “spirit”? You can add wine pairings to your prix fixe for $20 or try their featured drinks such as French iced martini with raspberry chambord sorbet for $12.
Parc, 227 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-545-2262
This Washington West restaurant maintains its quintessential French cuisine with a Bastille Day specialty prix fixe menu. For under $20 you can get three courses varying from John Dory atop a creamy mushroom risotto to a refreshing chilled Provençale-style fruit soup.
Zinc, 246 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, 215-351-9901
*Photo courtesy of Joff Hopkins via Flickr