America isn’t the only country with a Revolution celebration. The French National Day, also known as Bastille Day, celebrates a turning point in the French Revolution when commoners stormed the Bastille prison in a show of strength against the monarchy. On the 14th of July, French persons around the world honor this brave show of resistance.
Head over to Melrose Avenue, then, and enjoy the day with the many French owned, operated, and focused businesses. Wine, cheese, frites, and maybe some Parisian punk will make this Bastille Day très spectaculaire!
Olympe Ricco created an especially quaint Corsican restaurant, Napoleon and Josephine. While the cuisine balances French and Italian traditions, all senses read heavy on the French (even in the pasta). The wine offerings are exceptional, perfectly paired with each dish. While the entrees are oh-so satisfying, it’s imperative to leave room for dessert and an additional paired glass of wine.
NAPOLEON AND JOSEPHINE
7212 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
One of the quintessential French dishes, steak frites, is front and center at L’Assiette Steak Frites. The coulotte cut, sous-vide beef, the 8-step fries, and signature house sauce will be the perfect meal if owners Jacques and Marc Fiorentino have their way. But with so many other exquisitely authentic Parisian dishes – from seared foie gras to poulet forestier – you’ll take an entire vacation here. Don’t forget the wine!
L’ASSIETTE STEAK FRITES
7166 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Tucked away on Stanley, just north of Melrose, is the oasis of Maison Richard. Whether you eat in the bright, comfortable restaurant or on the breezy green patio, breakfast, lunch, or dinner will feel like an extravagance without the expense. Omelettes, quiches, hearty entrees are abundant on the delectable menu. But you can’t escape the dessert counter. The pastries, cakes, rolls, truffles, and macarons will be waiting for you.
707 No. Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
You can taste the love Elodie and Dan have for eclairs, and for each other, with every bite of pastry. They’ve elevated the traditional éclair recipe with contemporary flavors, unusual ingredients, and delightful presentation. Fresh, organic, gluten-free, choose from fruits, chocolates, herbs in the most wonderful combos. Get there early; the eclairs can sell out fast.
7350 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
And now for the punk. Resident Melrose music master John Gaudry’s deep interest in and knowledge of punk, hardcore, trash, and metal were born in France and we’re lucky he brought them across the pond to open SoCal’s best indie record store, Headline Records. Stop in, let John drop some knowledge on you, buy what he says, and soundtrack the rest of your Bastille Day festivities.
7706 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046