My Bastille Day menu in Austin
If I was going to commemorate Bastille Day in Austin by eating French-inspired dishes or at restaurants with a French bent, it would look something like this …
Breakfast: A Stumptown Coffee Roasters latte at Elizabeth Street Café. (Yes, it’s a Vietnamese restaurant, but the French influence is undeniable). Maybe throw in a chocolate croissant.
Lunch: The transcendent ham sandwich at Hopfields. A baguette with carnation-pink pork made succulent by the ring of fat that circumscribed the ham on its journey over from Europe is slathered with creamy butter and stuffed with rectangles of camembert cheese ($1 extra). Tangy gerkins add crunch and break up the fattiness and creaminess.
Dinner: Duck confit with apricot-ginger compote and a muscadet demi-glace at Chez Nous.
Dessert: A selection of flaky and sweet macaroons from épicerie.
After-dinner drink: Armagnac in the courtyard at Justine’s.