As I mentioned earlier, Bastille Day is on Monday, and (suprise, surprise!) there's no shortage of dining options in town. Eating and drinking are, after all, what the French do best. Cassis (2101 Sutter at Steiner) is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes a lobster and baby artichoke salad; pan-seared duck foie gras in port wine reduction with caramelized apples; and pan-seared dorade filet with sauteed vegetables in an antiboise sauce, among other options. Check the menu here. And it's reasonably priced at $49.95 per person. For reservations call 415-440-4500 or visit www.restaurantcassis.com.
For something a little more decadent head over to Chouchou (400 Dewey Blvd. at Laguna Honda Blvd.) where word has it the staff will be doing their best pre-guillotine Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette with ornate period costumes and, we can only hope, not too much Laissez-faire when it comes to the service.
And, of course, Cafe Bastille (22 Belden Place) in FiDi is getting in on the action with a special menu that includes some delicious French classics like foie gras terrine with brioche and orange-honey reduction, coq au vin with fettucine and white mushrooms, and braised lamb shank with spinach risotto, wild mushrooms, and black pepper sauce.
-- Brian Bernbaum