Our Independence Holiday is tomorrow (as everyone on the road today knows), and our National Independence inspired the French to storm the Bastille just ten days (and 13 years) later. Just as our celebrations include food like burgers, ribs, and hot dogs, the French celebration also includes food, but not the kind you eat with your hands.

Comme Ca was recently reviewed by a very prestigious critic as having the best burger in the US, but if you go for their special Bastille Day Celebration which runs from July 12-July 18, you’ll get to choose a $40 Prix Fixe 3 course menu. There will be specials throughout the week, including Sunday’s special $5 drinks and $7 appetizers of items like pork belly confit (cooked in its own fat).

A bit further south at Newport Beach, Brasserie Pascal is hosting a $25 wine & hors d’oeuvres party to benefit the Literacy Project from 5-7 pm July 14 (Bastille Day); if the party wakes your appetite, you can go on to dine on a 3 course meal of Parisian Cuisine for $35 or $60 with wine pairings.

Oh la la what what great ways to celebrate Independence!