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By Scott Roberto / June 29, 12:00 AM
High 5: French Dining

Celebrate Bastille Day by indulging in fine Gallic cuisine at these local faves


Petit Robert Bistro (480 Columbus Ave., 617-867-0600, petitrobertbistro.com, pictured): Enjoy moules frites, escargots, coq au vin and more for lunch, dinner and Saturday and Sunday brunch at this South End staple owned by Paris native Loic Le Garrec.

The Hungry I (71½ Charles St., 617-227-3524, hungryiboston.com): A Beacon Hill institution for nearly four decades, chef Peter Ballarin’s romantic, cozy hideaway features warming fireplaces and a garden courtyard perfect for summer noshing on menu specialties like venison au poivre noir.

Gaslight (560 Harrison Ave., 617-422-0224, gaslight560.com): This modern take on a Parisian neighborhood brasserie features a hip, casual setting along with an all-French wine list, creative cocktails and daily specials that have included roasted duck breast, steak Diane, pan-roasted scallops and rabbit moutarde.

Aquitaine (569 Tremont St., 617-424-8577, aquitaineboston.com): A pioneering establishment on the South End scene when it debuted in 1998, this traditional French bistro still charms diners with its impeccable, old-school service and familiar dishes enhanced by new-school techniques.

Miel Brasserie Provençale (InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave., 866-344-8769, intercontinentalboston.com/dining): Named for the French word for honey, the airy dining room and outdoor terrace at the InterContinental Boston’s flagship eatery offers wonderful water views as well as dishes inspired by the south of France.

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