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May 8, 2008 10:28 PM

My B-day is on Bastille Day - what's good & Frenchy?

My birthday falls on July 14 and this year I want to go to an actual French restaurant to celebrate the prison storming ;)

A few of them (Ortolan, La Cachette) already posted their Bastille Day menus but wondering which LA-area French places would you recommend checking out on quatorze juillet.

Not particularly limited on budget, so open to any suggestions you may have.

Thanks! And of course, I'll report back :)


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  1. It hasn't opened yet...but if I were you I'd try Anisette.
    Otherwise I actually like Fraiche.

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    1. re: bad nono

      I second Anisette. It might have a few bumps in the beginning, but it should be running smoothly by July.

      It looks very close to being finished. Actually, it looks finished. But there are a few wrinkles that need to be attended too. I was told three weeks. Looking forward to it.

      1. Assuming Anisette is open (by then it should be), it will likely be a terrific option. For high-end, Ortolan and La Cachette are both excellent choices; you might also see what Melisse might be doing. If you want something more moderate, look to Chez Mimi, Comme Ca, Le Petite Bistro, Mimosa, or Pastis.

        Comme Ça
        8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

        Mimosa Restaurant
        8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        Pastis Restaurant
        8114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        Chez Mimi Restaurant
        246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

        Le Petite Bistro
        631 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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        1. re: New Trial

          I always find Chez Mimi really nice. Great food, romantic courtyard or indoor seating. I don't know if it will have that bastille Day "oomph", but it is definitely a wom=wonderful place with good food.

          1. re: New Trial

            I've been to Mimosa and Le Petit Bistro. I can recommend both, although i'm not sure what they are doing for Bastille day specifically. Of the two I'd say you can't go wrong with Mimosa. I've been there 3-4 times and it's always been good to great in terms of food, service and atmosphere. One thing that might set it apart from the other restaurants is the lack of a deafening din i've experienced at other places. Based on what i've read on this board that's a problem at Comme Ca and possibly the other places as well.

            1. re: karamazov

              I went to Mimosa one year for Bastille Day, and their event was nothing special, nor was the food, and in fact it was closing down the kitchen around 9:30 when we left and we walked over to Pastis for a closing glass of champagne, and they were just beginning to serve their 3rd seating, and virtually all the patrons were speaking French. The food is also better at Pastis.
              Comme Ca should surely be a party as would Anisette, assuming its being open by then.
              Can't say Fraiche is French, nor potentially even doing anything special for Bastille Day. Stella could be fun, though.

              1. re: carter

                I ate at Mimosa once at it was actually very very good. I have, however, read many reviews claiming it had poor food so it may be that I got lucky or they are too inconsistent to count on.

                I know that among the few French and francophiles I know that Pastis is more highly recommended. I've been there only once as well but had a very nice time. The decor is more modern, if a wee bit cold. I had a fantastic frisee aux lardon and the bouillabase, which was a little bland and one-note.

                1. re: Frommtron

                  I actually like Mimosa. I hosted the Chefs Tasting Dinner there for my Wine Group and we had a very nice dinner, several courses of solid food. Not cutting edge nor very fancy just plain good Bistro Fare. Been back several times over the years and always had a nice meal. Room is a bit of a throw back not the LA Moderne look. Kind of refreshing in my book

          2. Cafe Stella would be fun and celebratory.....

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              1. re: ZoeZ

                Sunset & Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake, in same mini-mall as Intelligentsia Coffee.

            1. Thanks for the suggestions so far! Also, a special Bastille Day menu is a perk but by no means necessary --

              Also, how's the Little Door? (the formal sit-down one, not the bistroy Little Next Door -- which I've been to and liked).


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              1. re: AquaW

                I've always liked the Little Door, but haven't been in a while. But friends of mine went a couple of weeks ago and gave it very high marks for food and atmosphere.