Where to Celebrate Bastille Day

Kansas City puts its spin on Bastille Day this July 14th.

The fashion, the culture, the fries: There’s a lot to love about France, and we’re not the only ones that think so. Several Kansas City spots are celebrating French National Day, also known as Bastille Day, with tasty specials.

Though it doesn’t scream French, Gordon Biersch Leawood is getting in on the festivities and offering 16-ounce beers and build-your-own crepes for $5.

River Market’s Le Fou Frog is heading in a cheesy direction with its annual Bastille Day bash. This year’s cabaret-themed is event is “A Homage de Fromage—A Cheesy Celebration.” July 14th, 15th and 16th, Francophiles can book a table for one of two nightly seatings and enjoy food, dancing, games and costumes, then July 17th the Colleen Cassidy Trio performs Edith Piaf numbers along with other French favorites for the Bastille Day dinner (reservations are suggested).

Westport Café & Bar’s fête kicks off at 4 p.m. July 14th and includes happy hour offerings until 1 a.m., a DJ spinning French beats and lounge music 8 p.m.-midnight as well as a special Bastille Day punch of strawberries, peaches, lavender and vodka. For a more elaborate way to celebrate, enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu ($40/$55 with wine pairings) available July 14th-16th. Among the options are chilled cucumber soup, escargot or Blue Point oysters to start; steak frites, lamb pappardelle or braised beef as a main course; and profiteroles, chocolate mousse or a banana pot de crème for dessert.

Café Provence is pretty much booked of up for its Bastille Day dinner, but sister establishment French Market has you covered with a limited number of white beans, pork sausage, duck confit and pork shoulder cassoulets as well as its standard menu of delectable to-go items, including French cheeses, charcuterie, traditional dishes and desserts. Swing back by Saturday and have yourself a delayed celebration with one of French Market’s made-to-order crepes.