12 French Restaurants in Phoenix to Celebrate July 14
Want to be in Paris for July 14? Well we can’t help but we can tell you where to find the best French food around Phoenix.
France’s Independence Day is July 14. But if you don’t plan on making beef bourguignon or coq au vin from scratch, check out these 12 French restaurants around the valley for classics like snails or favorites like sweet and savory pancakes.
Vincent on the back of a camel
Treat yourself to a four-course Bastille Day dinner ($ 44) from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday July 13 and Saturday July 14. Choose entrees such as chilled vichyssoise, snail with sautÃ©ed mushrooms or spinach in puff pastry. Choose your starter, such as sautÃ©ed salmon with ratatouille, duck confit with gratin dauphinois or beef steak with pepper with sautÃ©ed potatoes and onions. Finish with the Grand Marnier soufflÃ©, simmered strawberries with lavender or a warm chocolate tart. Reservations recommended.
Details: 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-224-0225, vincentsoncamelback.com.
The Vincent market bistro
For French must-haves in a relaxed setting, head to the bistro right next to the restaurant. Try dishes like sautÃ©ed foie gras with seasonal fruits and a balsamic reduction ($ 22); coq au vin with chicken in red wine sauce, mushrooms and onions ($ 16); crispy duck confit with lentils, bacon and red wine sauce ($ 20); or steak and fries ($ 24).
Details: 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-224-3727, vincentsoncamelback.com.
Pancake lovers will be in heaven with 20 varieties, like ratatouille and goat cheese ($ 10.15); tomatoes, Brie cheese, caramelized onions, ham and pesto ($ 10.75); croque monsieur ($ 9.84) and madame ($ 10.75); and everyone’s favorite sweet pancake, Nutella ($ 6.95).
Details: 15125 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. 480-998-4875, cafeparisaz.com.
Enticing entrees include pork belly with vegetable ratatouille ($ 16); and Creekstone Steak Tartare served with Noble Anchovy Toast ($ 18). Order a side dish of homemade fries with marjoram and paprika ($ 5); or make them simple with mussels drenched in white wine herbs in mariniÃ¨re mussels ($ 18). Make the date night easier with a dinner for two ($ 130), consisting of an onion soup or a house salad, Chateaubriand with two sides and a zinc soufflÃ© for dessert.
Details: Kierland Commons, 15034 N. Scottsdale Road, Phoenix. 480-603-0922, zincbistroaz.com.
Thank you Coffee & French Pastry
Bring your pooch to the dog-friendly patio and enjoy the croque madame ($ 11.25) or the NiÃ§oise salad ($ 12.75) with optional tuna, avocado, hard-boiled egg, red pepper, olives and anchovies. For dinner, warm up with a bowl of French onion soup ($ 9.25) a house specialty like duck confit with fries ($ 18.25 thigh, $ 19.25 breast) or the beef bourguignon with tagliatelle ($ 16.95). This is a BYOB place, so don’t hesitate to bring your favorite bottle of wine ($ 8 corkage fee) or beer ($ 2).
Details: 7620 E. Indian School Road, Suite 103, Scottsdale. 480-947-2777, mercifrenchcafeandpatisserie.com.
Food & Wine Bistro
Chef / owner Fabrice Buschtetz’s menu includes frog legs ($ 14), chicken cordon bleu ($ 19), steak fries ($ 28) and Fabrice Snails ($ 12), a dish of snails at cooked garlic with a light bread filling. Both sites offer free tastings of French red, white and rosÃ© wines, from 6 p.m. on Saturday July 14.
Details: 1422 W. Warner Road, Gilbert. 480-497-1422. Also, 4991 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. 480-275-6700, cuisineetwinebistro.com.
French bakery and cafe La Madeleine
A butter and flaky pie crust holds the egg, ham and Swiss together in the Lorraine house quiche ($ 6.29). The Florentine Shrimp Pancake ($ 12.99) is filled with shrimp, tomatoes, garlic and spinach sautÃ©ed in a creamy pesto sauce. Dessert calls for a Strawberry Napoleon ($ 4.99); or grab some palm trees or lemon madeleines ($ 1.09- $ 3.09) to go.
Details: 2156 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert. 480-485-8490. Also, 3605 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. 480-999-2095, lamadeleine.com.
Sunday brunch offers sweet and savory pancakes ($ 14 to $ 16) and quiches ($ 13). Guests can enjoy beef bourguignon ($ 20) braised in red wine and accompanied by mushrooms, carrots, onions and mashed potatoes; and Salmon a L’Ecrou ($ 24), a potato-crusted salmon served with creamy faro and asparagus.
Details: 17058 W. Bell Road, Surprise. 623-322-8881, amuseboucheaz.com.
Start with the Vogue Snail ($ 18) with delicate Burgundy snails gently cooked with herb-garlic-infused butter. Then try the duck two ways ($ 26): confit duck leg confit and a tender pan-fried duck breast. Or go for the classic coq au vin ($ 18), a chicken breast slowly braised in red wine and served with roasted potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and pearly onions.
Details: 15411 W. Waddell Road, Surprise. 623-544-9109, voguebistro.com.
Keep these restaurants in mind for French meals after their summer break is over.
The Sans Souci
Fans of French cuisine head to this restaurant to splurge on dishes like Dover sole sautÃ©ed in lemon butter in Belle MeuniÃ¨re Dover sole ($ 48.50); baby frogs legs with garlic butter sauce ($ 29.50); and the Chateaubriand flower girl ($ 78.50) – grilled double filet mignon with bÃ©arnaise sauce for two – who screams the night of dates. The restaurant reopens on August 7.
Details: 7030 E. Bella Vista Drive, Cave Creek. 480-488-2856, lesanssoucirestaurant.com.
Geordie’s at Wrigley Mansion
Create your own gastronomic trip to Paris with the small dishes of chef Christopher Gross in Geordie’s living room. Think of dishes like black pudding pie ($ 7), rabbit salad ($ 10), puff pastry snail ($ 16), duck liver terrine ($ 7), egg au red wine with mushrooms ($ 6) and pepper steak ($ ââ8). The restaurant reopens August 7.
Details: 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix. 602-955-4079, wrigleymansion.com.
Here is a French bistro
Chef Jean-Christophe Gros prepares authentic dishes from his native France, and many involve foie gras, like duck foie gras sliced ââover two eggs ($ 19). Check out the Daily Specials chart for its inspiration of contemporary seafood, but expect staples like puff pastry scallops and fish broth sauce ($ 33); and a Branzino fillet cooked with tomatoes, onion, garlic and pepper ($ 32). The restaurant reopens on August 9.
Details: 10135 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale. 480-614-5600, voilafrenchbistro.com.
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