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Celebrate Bastille Day Kansas City Style

Vive la France!

Celebrating the Fourth of July is a patriotic given, but the month also includes another independence day perfect for busting out your red, white and blue: Bastille Day on July 14. Head to one of KC’s fantastic French restaurants and bars to fete France (berets are optional, but encouraged).

Prairie Village’s Café Provence and French Market are go-tos for French fare any time of year, so of course they’re at the top of our Bastille Day list. In addition to its regular menu, Café Provence will be serving a four-course dinner featuring pâté, sole with lobster and peach melba set to the music of band Made in France. Make a reservation here. Stop by earlier in the day for French Market’s divine made-to-order crêpes, served 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of the occasion, and come home with to-go items such as quiche Lorraine, coq au vin and French macarons.

Westport Café and Bar honors its French influences with a special prix fixe menu ($30 or $45 with wine pairings) available now through Tuesday, July 14. Choose from first courses such as black truffle pasta and Blue Point oysters, steak frittes and crispy fried chicken entrees and pot de crème or profiteroles for dessert. On Bastille Day, the restaurant is celebrating with a party that starts at 4 p.m., complete with an extended happy hour menu offered 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.,a DJ spinning dance beats and lounge music 8 p.m. – midnight and special Bastille Day punch with strawberries, peaches, lavender and vodka.

Reserve a table at Le Fou Frog, which is celebrating Bastille Day for the 19th year. Tuesday’s festivities include performances of Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Django Reinhardt songs by chanteuse Coleen Cassidy, French and Le Fou Frog favorites and a late night disco.

And don’t forget Bastille Day is the perfect excuse to raise a glass of champagne at Ça Va or grab a bite at Parkville’s always charming Café des Amis (just in case you needed one).