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Jul 3, 2007 07:55 PM

Le 14 juillet.. Bastille Day! (where do i eat?)

because i feel like celebrating another nation's independence day....can you reccommend to me a cute, delicious, authentically french cafe/bistro/restaurant to go to in celebration of le jour de la bastille? i live in west LA, but know that one must travel far for good food in this city.

...Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité!

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  1. you could just celebrate flag day in this country and have hamburgers and hot dogs!

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    1. Frenchy's Bistro in Long Beach is consistently excellent. The Tarte Tatin is wonderful and they make the caramel sauce. Ask for extra.

      Also in the LBC - specifically Belmont Shores, Le Creperie - had lunch there today, Moule Frites. Yummy. They have live music and the place is always packed. Second street in the shore is a great place for eating and shopping. there are still great independent upscale boutiqes besidesthe usual Gap and Banana Republic. Great outdoor seating by please beware that smoking is allowed at the outdoor tables. The owner Patrick is rude and obnoxious, and at the same time totally charming. So it definitely has an authentic French vibe.

      I also enjoy Lilly's on Abbot Kinney in Venice.

      1. MIMOSA on Beverly Blvd just west of Fairfax,
        that's where we're going after watching

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        1. re: NumeroUnoEat

          Well, last year a friend and I did Mimosa for 14 de Juillet, and must say we were MOST disappointed. We walked across Crescent Hts. to Pastis, and the only language being spoken was French, and the party was just starting at 10p.m., meaning second serving. It continued on throughout the night. Mimosa closed up shop at 10, shortly after we left having had the most disappointing meal and service imaginable. Truly dreadful and never to be repeated experience.
          I have already made dinner reserves at Pastis and you should too.

          1. re: NumeroUnoEat

            I am going to Mimosa too that night - I think that it's going to be very busy there (that's the sense I got when I made my reservation earlier this evening).


            1. re: Bon Vivant

              It will be busy until around 9:30 and then everything died last year.
              And the food and service died much earlier.
              Most all employees at Pastis are French and thus the experience is much richer.
              And the food much better.
              If Mimosa turns out that way for you, walk or drive the two blocks west to Pastis, and at least have a glass of champagne or beverage of choice after dinner and you will get my thought.

              1. re: carter

                I went early tonight since I used to work in restaurants and I just naturally avoid them when they are busy. I left at 9 pm so don't know when it died but yes, service did get a little harried long before then. Was much better than last year's fiasco at Cafe Stella.

                Overall it was a lovely evening but you piqued my interest and I think that I will try Pastis next year!


                1. re: Bon Vivant

                  And I went to Pastis last night, had a superb duck entree while companion had of all things, swordfish, which does not sound very French, yet was very good. A great bottle of 2003 Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape, the complimentary glass of champagne as you sat down, two desserts, and much activitiy all night until we left around 10, when a whole new group of people were starting to arrive. The patio was greatly extended for last night, and it was packed with mostly 20somethings, about half of whom were speaking French.
                  Just the typical party at Pastis. Roman, the new manager, really handled things well, given the frenzy of the place.

          2. La Cachette... or come up to the Valley (yes, that's right, I said it, so there!) and go to Mistral.

            1. Not in your neck of the woods but I love Cafe du Village in Larchmont Village by Hollywood. Very casual w/nice patio outback- bring your own wine as they don't have any but that's a plus as there's no corkage fee. Cafe Stella in Silverlake is very good but pricey and tough to get a table (also much further away for you)