Hot this weekend: Vive le France!
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.