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Le Grand Bistro – French Delicacy at a Bargain Price

UPDATE: Le Grand Bistro Closed Permanently 5/25/2014

While the regular menu is pretty comparably priced with other restaurants downtown, Le Grand Bistro’s happy hour menu reminds us that French delicacy can not only be quite affordable, but it can often be a downright bargain.

Fancy French Treats: Oysters and Champagne

Often reserved for special occasions like New Year’s Eve, Champagne and Oysters would seem like a splurge. However, at Le Grand Bistro, you can taste both for under $5 total. During Happy Hour, Le Grand offers a select oyster for $1.25 a piece and a sparkling wine for $3 a glass.

There’s something ever-so-chic about sipping some bubbly and slurping an oyster at the bar while the sun sets over downtown; I’m sure the French would approve.

Moderation

“Everything in moderation… including moderation.” ― Julia Child

The oysters are so delicious, it’s tempting to make a meal of it and order a dozen, but Le Grand doesn’t impose a minimum order on its oysters and I quite enjoyed the luxury of ordering a single shell.

Out it came on its own platter with just as much accoutrement as would be afforded a dozen: lemons, fresh shaved horseraddish, cocktail sauce, and house mignonette (mihn-yoh-NEHT). Miam! What a delicious treat!

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Le Grand Bistro Happy Hour

Monday – Friday, 3p to 6p
At the Bar
$3 Red & White Select Wines
$3 Rosé & Brut
$3 Trumer Pilsner
$1.25 Oysters
$7 Duck Prosciutto
$6 French Onion Soup

UPDATE: Le Grand Bistro Closed Permanently 5/25/2014

What are your favorite French “snacks”? Do you splurge at happy hour? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I found a similar spot in Seattle (called Shuckers) with a great deal for happy hour oysters and wine. Love those wandering afternoons spent in a dark little bistro next to the bright windows slurping oysters and champagne.

    I do enjoy a bowl of mussels with a white wine sauce now and then as well – I have found that when you add chorizo to this mix it makes for the perfect comforting meal without overdoing it.

    Murissa

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    • emilygrossman says:

      That sounds great! I’ll be in Seattle in July, so I’ll have to check it out – chorizo sounds like a great addition to mussels! Thanks for the tips!

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  2. penny says:

    I love the mussels at Vendome. I love champagne more though, so the idea of $3 for a glass is amazing. How was it? Do you prefer their other options to the sparking wine?

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    • emilygrossman says:

      The bubbly is pretty basic, but for $3 a glass, it’s hard to beat! Le Grand does have superior bottles for a slightly higher price if you’re concerned about quality, and they’ll even give you 15% off if you order a dozen oysters, I believe.

      I still love Vendome’s discounted bottles on Monday nights if you’re looking for a bargain wine with your favorite mussels!

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  3. Meg says:

    GOSH. Jealous! I wanna go!

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    • emilygrossman says:

      Pricing is definitely one thing Denver has on Paris. I can’t wait to come visit your city, though, lady! Save me a baguette (or 10)!

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