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Looking at the fast food habits of Dallas, you’ll easily figure two of the city’s major international influences: Mexico and France. OK, fine, so french fries originated in Belgium, but “French” is in the dang name and this landlocked joint hasn’t come far enough to have mussels and crepes in our drive-thrus. Actually, now that we’ve said it, can someone please open a mussels and crepes drive-thru? Please? Until then, we’re counting days until the mussels competition and crepes galore of Bastille on Bishop, which takes place every year on July 14 (Bastille Day, aka French National Day) in Oak Cliff’s tres chic Bishop Arts — a totally appropriate location since French settlers created their La Reunion (a short-lived “utopia”) in North Oak Cliff circa 1855. From 6-10 p.m. Monday, the self-proclaimed “largest French festival in North Texas” will draw stripes-wearing crowds to the 400 and 500 blocks of Bishop Avenue with wine tastings, a Vespa rally (there were some French ones), pétanque playing, French tunes, a performance by Dallas Observer’s resident dance-pert and her eponymous Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, and more. Tickets are $25 (rain or shine, includes wine glass and first pour). Visit
Mon., July 14, 6-10 p.m., 2014
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Merritt Martin
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