Hot this week­end: Vive le France!

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Obituaries - By Michael Mayo Din­ing critic or 954-356-4508.

It is a fine week­end to flip out for France, with a dou­ble-header that should make any Fran­cophile scream, “C’est mag­nifique!”

To­day is Bastille Day, the French hol­i­day that marks the storm­ing of the Bastille in 1789 and the launch of the revo­lu­tion against royal rule. Sunday is the fi­nal match of the 2018 World Cup, pit­ting France against Croatia.

French restau­rants across South Florida will be in cel­e­bra­tion mode Satur­day night, with many host­ing Bastille Day events fea­tur­ing spe­cial menus, free glasses of cham­pagne and en­ter­tain­ment. Reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended. For those in­ter­ested in cheer­ing on the Croa­t­ian team Sunday (11 a.m. start), Rice and Dough res­tau­rant in Fort Lauderdale, 501 SE Sec­ond St., is a prime place to watch. The orig­i­nal own­ers, Go­ran and Amy Perovic, were from Croatia. Even though they re­cently sold the res­tau­rant, the man­ager is from Ser­bia and the res­tau­rant has been host­ing Croatia view­ing par­ties through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.

Choices abound for French cui­sine. Long­time Fort Lauderdale fa­vorite Sage French Cafe, 2378 N. Fed­eral High­way, will have en­ter­tain­ment and free nib­bles and sips for Bastille Day and a World Cup watch party with Sunday brunch. The res­tau­rant also of­fers buy­one-get-one-free on din­ner en­trees Mon­days and Tues­days dur­ing the sum­mer, along with half­priced bot­tles of wines on Wed­nes­days. Call 954-565-2299 for reser­va­tions.

Le Bistro in Light­house Point, 4626 N. Fed­eral High­way, is of­fer­ing a spe­cial menu through Sunday, with four-course din­ners-for-two avail­able for $100, in­clud­ing a bot­tle of house wine. Call 954-946-9240 for reser­va­tions.

La Bro­chette Bistro in Cooper City, 2635 N. Hia­tus Road, will of­fer Bastille Day specials Satur­day and its usual Sunday $39 prix fixe spe­cial menu af­ter the World Cup fi­nale. Call 954-435-9090 for reser­va­tions.

Chez Marie in Boca Raton, 5030 Cham­pion Blvd. in the Polo Club Shoppes, is mark­ing French-Amer­i­can friend­ship through Sunday with a three­course din­ner for $29.90. To­day, French singer Thierry Khalfa per­forms. Call 561-997-0027 for reser­va­tions.

La Nou­velle Mai­son in Boca Raton, 455 E. Pal­metto Park Road, of­fers Old-World el­e­gance in an up­scale, white-table­cloth set­ting. Call 561-338-3003 for reser­va­tions.

Cafe Boulud at the Brazil­ian Court Ho­tel, 301 Aus­tralian Ave., Palm Beach, is from ac­claimed chef Daniel Boulud and turns out mod­ern French cui­sine in a re­laxed ho­tel set­ting. The res­tau­rant serves Sunday brunch and will be open for the World Cup fi­nal. Call 561-655-6060 for reser­va­tions.

La Petite Mai­son, 1300 Brick­ell Bay Drive, Mi­ami, is from the same Lon­don­based team as Zuma res­tau­rant and is among the hottest restau­rants in the boom­ing Brick­ell area. The res­tau­rant will of­fer its usual lunch and din­ner menus on Bastille Day (lim­ited avail­abil­ity re­mains) and is closed Sun­days. Dress pol­icy is smart ca­sual, mean­ing no base­ball caps or fut­bol jer­seys. Call 305-403-9133 for reser­va­tions.

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