In any case, all three French restaurants have planned festivities to celebrate the birth of the modern nation-state, here are the details.
Bastille’s festivities begin at 4:30pm on that sassy little patio around the side of the restaurant. Chef Shannon Galusha will serve you a platter of oysters or charcuterie for $5. A glass of wine is also $5, beer is $3. Live entertainment begins at 6pm with the Djangomatics, a “gypsy jazz” band. The second act, cabaret band Rouge, will entertain in the back bar from 9:30pm onward. After that it is burlesque until midnight.
Meanwhile, Downtown, Campagne is doing a 5-course meal for $50. Service starts at 5pm and reservations are encouraged. The menu is: coddled Duck Egg with grapeseed oil and maple syrup, pork confit canneloni with English pea foam, warm cucumber soup, truffled free-range chicken, and waffles with fresh strawberries for dessert.
Downstairs, casual counterpart Cafe Campagne is closing off Post Alley and serving snacks, wine, and beer beginning at 3pm. The offerings start at $5 and include grilled sausage sandwiches, baguette sandwiches, tartes flambées, and my very favorite CC menu item: frites with garlicky aioli.
Djangomatics, sly devils that they are, have double-booked on Bastille Day: they’re playing at the Post Alley party as well as at Bastille. There are three other musical acts on the roster and, as at la boum en Ballard, this party concludes with a burlesque show.