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Five ways to celebrate Bastille Day in Kansas City this weekend

Good news, Francophiles: You don’t have to hop a flight to Paris to celebrate La Fete Nationale on Sunday.

Bastille Day, as we call it stateside, is recognized here in Kansas City. Here are five restaurants that plan to party like it’s

1789. Le Fou Frog, 400 E. 5th St.

This charming French bistro in the River Market kicks off its 18th annual Bastille Day weekend celebration Friday night with variety shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Classic French fare (everything from onion soup and cheese to filet mignon and champagne) is on chef Mano Rafael’s menu. The variety shows continue Saturday and Sunday. There’s “a smattering” of reservations left, says owner Barbara Rafael, so if you want to go, make reservations by calling 816-474-6060 or visiting

Le Fou Frog’s website. Westport Cafe Bar, 419 Westport Rd.

Bastille Day is a four-day affair at Westport Cafe Bar, which is serving up a three-course prix fixe menu Thursday-Sunday. The menu for the $30 meal (or $45 with wine) includes Blue Point oysters, black truffle pasta, seared diver scallops, steak frites and espresso pot de cream. Starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, a DJ will play Parisian hits and dance songs while customers enjoy Bastille Day punch (strawberry, lavender, peaches, vodka) and happy hour prices on drinks and appetizers all night long. For reservations, call 816-931-4740 or go to Cafe Provence, 3936 W. 69th Terrace, Prairie Village

Live accordian music will accompany three- or four-course tasting menus on Sunday evening at this

nationally recognized French restaurant

. The three-course meal costs $42, the four-course costs $50. The


features lobster bisque, escargot, heirloom tomatoes, duck au poivre and choucroute de la mer, a decadent seafood sausage dish with sauerkraut. For reservations, call 913-384-5998 or visit

Cafe Provence’s website. Cafe Des Amis, 112 1/2 Main St., Parkville

For $25 per person, you can get a three-course dinner (taxes and gratuity not included) at this picturesque French cafe. If it’s nice out, ask for a seat on the leafy, umbrella-shaded patio. Bastille Day dinner hours are 5-9 p.m. Call 816-587-6767 for reservations or go to Aixois Bistro, 251 East 55th St.

Lounge on the lawn of this Brookside bistro on Sunday -- picnic blankets will be provided along with live music, cocktail specials, Parisian street food (crepes and merguez sausage from

The Local Pig

). There will also be a Marie Antoinette-inspired “Let them eat cake” cakewalk. No reservations required. More info at Enterprise reporter Sarah Gish writes dining and bar guides for Ink magazine. She also writes a monthly cooking story for The Star and tweets @sarah_gish.