While Independence Day has come and gone, foodies and Francophiles can once again don their red, white, and blue on Bastille Day (July 14). There’s no better way to honor our friends across the pond than by noshing on classic bites, sans French fries, of course. These five fancy dishes were made for city dwellers with a sophisticated palate and each remind us why the French are famed for their taste buds.
Seafood fanatics who want to pay homage this year can do so with their appetite. A traditional fish stew from the port city of Marseille, Bouillabaisse is a must-eat this holiday. Crafted from monkfish, lobster, shrimp, mussels, and octopus, this saffron scented dish will instantly transport you from the chaos of Capitol Hill to the seaside ease of the South of France. 15 E. St., NW, 202-661-2700
If you’re craving rich and foreign fare that will put Americana cuisine to shame, opt for Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Boudin Blanc, which comes topped with a black truffle mushroom puree, caramelized onions, and lardons of bacon. While this classic plate originated in the Champagne Ardenne region, this sinfully delicious bite has found new meaning and elegance in the heart of DC. 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, 202-296-1166
Whether or not you have French blood running through your veins, any food obsessed local can appreciate an authentic dish from abroad. This house specialty—pike dumplings baked in lobster sauce—is a fan favorite for a reason. For strong flavors and rustic atmosphere in Georgetown, flock to La Chaumière for a countryside-inspired evening this Bastille Day. 2813 M St., NW, 202-338-1784
Diners who are looking to celebrate over brunch, look no further than this 14th Street spot that puts the perfect French twist on breakfast. The romantic brasserie’s Duck Sarladaise (confit, sunny side up egg, and roasted potatoes) is an ideal start to a guilt-free holiday. 1601 14th St., NW, 202-332-3333
Want to keep things classic this year? Stay simple with this go-to soup that channels the hearty charm of Parisian bistro fare. The bustling resto in Dupont Circle not only puts warm comfort food and tasty wines first, but their poster-clad walls and checkered table cloths make for a uniquely French impression. 1738 Connecticut Ave., NW, 202-234-6969