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Omnivore - Vive la gastronomie!

Bastille Day is right around the corner ... do you know where you're celebrating?

If not, consider commemorating French independence on Saturday, July 14, with a gastronomic fete at Shaun's (1029 Edgewood Ave., 404-577-4358) or French American Brasserie (30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., 404-266-1440). Both host French-inspired Bastille Day prix fixe menus and drink specials.

Bastille Day honors the storming of the Bastille in 1789, whose fall ushered in the French Revolution. Feasting has always gone hand in hand with Bastille Day celebrations throughout history, beginning with the hefty four-day feast of the Fete de La Federation on the first anniversary of the fallen Bastille. And the feasting continues today.

At Shaun's for $38, the menu features an appetizer of pate with rabbit and sweetbreads; an entree of chicken paillard with arugula, tomatoes and lemon; and dessert of profiteroles with chocolate ice cream and white chocolate sauce, with an a la carte menu available as well.

Drink specials include $6 French martinis and French wine by the glass.

Over at F.A.B., for $45 per person, one can tuck into a first course of either lamb tenderloin or potato and sweet onion tart; a second course of either sauteed wild bass or filet mignon; and a third course of chilled lychee soup or vanilla creme brulee.





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