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Friday, July 10, 2009

For Bastille Day, S.F. Restaurants Guillotine Regular Menus for Prix Fixe Specials

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge Get ready to party like Kirsten Dunst.
  • Get ready to party like Kirsten Dunst.
On Tuesday, sip some bubbly and let yourself eat cake. Several Frenchified dinners are happening around town on July 13 and 14 in honor of Bastille Day, France's independence celebration. Well, not everyone will be toasting liberté, égalité, and fraternité. La Provence is bucking the trend by hosting a No Bastille Day dinner, a nod to the idea that some of you out there might be closet Royalists (the first 25 customers who whisper the anti-revolutionary password fleur-de-lys will score a free bottle of wine).

Kick things off Monday night at Jardiniere (300 Grove at Franklin), which is going French for its weekly prix fixe dinner ($45 per person, including wine pairings). Say oui-oui to courses of paté de campagne, Hoffman Ranch chicken fricassée, and apricot and almond claufoutis.

La Provence (1001 Guerrero at 22nd St.) is a warm and friendly bistro that, despite the name, holds to butter and cream rather than strictly hewing to the olive oil-steeped cooking of southern France. Tuesday's No Bastille Day dinner is slated to be a feast, and each diner receives a free treat: a glass of champagne or dessert.

The same night, Grand Café (501 Geary at Taylor) may offer more of a brasserie setting to rock a powdered wig and rouged cheeks while quaffing le bubbly. Compare your Marie Antoinette look with that of sommelier Danielle Kuzinich, who will be in full royal get-up (we hope she gets bonus pay!). French wines will be half price, and there's an optional prix fixe celebration menu. The coq au vin duck is a meaty, delicious treat. For a lighter option, try the coquilles San Jacques. All guests will receive complimentary cake and can enjoy accordion music as they sip and celebrate.

The Tuesday night $60 prix fixe at Chez Papa Resto (414 Jessie at Mint Plaza) includes spirited decorations and live music on the patio. Ratatouille fans will be happy to see their entrée of choice on offer; other selections include grilled Arctic char, lamb chops, and duck confit.

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