Celebrating Bastille Day in Houston

France's Bastille Day, which falls on July 14 every year, is generally celebrated with food, fireworks and summery activities--three things we enjoy very much. So why not get into the act? We've got countless French spots worth a visit so somewhere between the apertif and tarte tatin, light a sparkler for our Gallic friends. (Photo credit: SpecialKRB)

Updated: July 07, 2010

Bastille Day in Houston


Melange Creperie

403 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Start your Bastille Day in Houston off right with a crepe from Buffalo Sean's stand in front of Mango's. Fillings are both sweet and savory although the Nutella is hard to pass up.


Chez Nous French Restaurant

217 S Avenue G, Humble, TX 77338

All the way out in Humble sits an old Pentecostal church that was transformed into a top-notch French restaurant. It's a must visit for Houstonians and perfect for romance.


Cafe Rabelais

2442 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

This tiny, candlelit restaurant has long been a local favorite. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, try the andouillete, a sausage made mostly of tripe. Otherwise, stick to the unbeatable mussels.


Hans' Bierhaus

2523 Quenby, Houston, TX 77005

This Rice Village bierhaus is not remotely French but it does afford the opportunity to play bocce, a game nearly identical to France's petanque. It'll be more authentic if you smoke and look effortless skinny while you play.


Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Anise-flavored Pastis and Herbsaint aren't everyone's cup of tea, but if you're looking for a classic, well-executed French cocktail, this is where to get it. Order a French 75 or the Champs Elysees.


French Gourmet Bakery

2250 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77098

No Bastille Day celebration (or any celebration) is complete without dessert and that's where French Gourmet comes in. Vive le croissant!


Bistro Des Amis

2347 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

Not only does this homey bistro offer a bargain lunch and dinner special of casual French eats, it also hosts the French Buzz, a social club where native and non-native French speakers are invited to converge over wine tastings, films and, of course, food.


Absinthe

609 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006

Hedonists can celebrate Bastille Day in Houston with late 19th century Paris? favorite spirit, absinthe. Try one of the green fairy cocktails like Hemingway's Revenge, a mix of absinthe, cassis and champagne.


Bistro Le Cep

11112 Westheimer Rd at Wilcrest, Houston, TX 77042

Here's a good place to try all the food you have only seen in "Ratatouille": vichyssoise, duck l?Orange and foi de veau (that's pan-roasted calves livers) fill out the menu of French classics.


Croissant-Brioche

2435 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

Expatriates and older couples spend hours here perusing the newspaper and chatting over sandwiches, espresso and savory quiche.


Moeller's Bakery

4201 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

For something tres francais and a little fancy, try the petit fours at this Houston bakery.