Curate your own Bastille Day celebration by visiting one of these Gallic favorites
Frenchie: This South End stopover—which features everything from steak tartare and steak frites to drumsticks coq au vin and duck magret—offers a modern take on the French bistro, along with extensive outdoor seating, a raw bar and a glassed-in solarium room in the rear. Colette Wine Bistro (pictured), its newer sister restaurant in Cambridge’s Porter Square, boasts a selection of reimagined French faves from executive chef Alex Falconer, who helms the kitchen at both locations.
Troquet on South: Ensconced in the Leather District, this intimate, wine-focused hot spot—which offers more than 40 vintages by the glass—serves many familiar French mainstays, along with local specialties like the Maine lobster roll and the “Boston Speed Dog,” a half-pound frankfurter with chili, onions, relish and mustard. Try it on a first date, if you dare!
Grand Tour: Patterned after a chic Parisian bistro, Michael Serpa’s Back Bay tribute to Gallic cuisine features a menu highlighted by the modest croque madame—an updated take on the classic croque monsieur sandwich—and the indulgent omelette topped with an ounce of white sturgeon caviar.
Brasserie: The late, lamented Gaslight was recently resurrected by one of its former co-owners as Brasserie, with many of the décor touches—like the pewter-topped bar and subway tiled walls—and menu items that made its predecessor a beloved South End dining destination still intact. Sup on moules frites, escargot and New England-accented bouillabaisse, plus rotisserie chicken and duck à l’orange.
Petit Robert: Another South End staple, this welcoming eatery has been delighting diners with its authentic vibe and time-tested cuisine since 2005. Having a diverse wine list, a rotating menu of creative cocktails, an outstanding brunch and plenty of street-side seating helps, too.