Whether Francophile or Francophone, you're likely looking forward to Saturday's Bastille Day celebrations in Minneapolis.
Uptown restaurant Barbette has planned its traditional party, full of local music and libations to celebrate the storming of the Bastille prison and French identity. But beyond indulging yourself at Barbette's Sunday block party, here are some other ways to celebrate La Fête National around town.
Did you know we're also closing in on Belgian Independence Day, too? I didn't, either, until Blackbird announced that all of their taps on Friday night will be pouring Belgian and Belgian-style beers until everything runs dry. Look for Omegang's Bier d'Hougoumont, Mardesous' Trippel, Liefman's Cuvee Brut, and Duvel's Single. Half of Belgium speaks French, so we won't dock them points for being a week early to that country's July 21 celebrations.
Start your day off with one of many traditional French pastries from this acclaimed Kingfield bakery. Chef John Kraus may not be French himself, but he has several French pastry awards under his belt and every flake of his food is sure to delight.
Last year, food writer Marsha Trainer to call this place the "closest thing to Paris in the Twin Cities" on a Bastille Day weekend. The Armatage restaurant, next to Pizzeria Lola, this time around, but you can still find something delicious along with its romantic atmosphere.
Cavé Vin not your style Saturday night? Try this Lynnhurst eatery at 50th and Penn for some classic French delights.
What will you be up to this Bastille Day weekend?