by AJ Dronkers, EdibleDC I'm a Francophile and love Bastille Day, not only because I adore French cuisine, but love the fact that on no other weekday in DC will you see people in French maid costumes, diners wearing French mustaches and drinking copious amounts of rosé and champagne? This Thursday is your chance to celebrate French independence and we have your official guide whether you are looking for a food-focused or party-centric event.
Pétanque Court, face painting, balloon artists, live accordion music, mime performances are just a few of the things that will make Le Diplomate a spot for everyone starting Thursday at 11 am. They will be serving their normal brunch and dinner menus with a few specials and cocktails.
Will host their annual blowout on Thursday which includes happy hour, DJ, and their iconic French Maid Relay Race at 7:30 PM. Also famous for their weekend "La Boum" brunch -- they will host an over the top Bastille version on Saturday and Sunday at Capitale.
My friends and I have celebrated Bastille Day and Beaujolais day here multiple times and it's one of our favorites. This is definitely a place to be if you want to dance the night away and drink wine. Go early if you want actually grab a seat and squeeze in a meal.
Chef Michel Richard is offering a 3 course menu for $55, live music featuring the Blue Room Jazz Band.
For true gourmands and avowed foodies, you might like the 3 course prix-fixe offering at 2941 in Falls Church, VA. Chef Bertrand Chemel will serve a variety of classic dishes at dinner Thursday - Saturday including: Paté de Campagne, Salad Niçoise, Escargot De Bourgogne, Plateaux de Fruit De Mer, Lapin à la Provençal, Lobster Thermidor, and Pithivier. Pastry Chef Caitlin Dysart, who we featured in our Holiday issue last year, will not dissapoint with a variety of sweets including: Blueberry Vacherin, Raspberry Millefeuille, and Apricot Clafoutis, to highlight a few.