My husband, who has never been to France (but has otherwise traveled widely in Europe), and I are heading to Paris on Sunday. I've been to Paris and other parts of France many times and really appreciate fine French food. My husband really likes good bistro food (Bouchon and the like), but he's a casual guy who doesn't like stuffy restaurants or haute cuisine. I want him to love Paris and return with me often (we are newlyweds) in the years to come, so it's important for me to get this right. He loves Italy, but seems skeptical of France.
We're only in Paris for 2 1/2 days before heading off to Normandy, and this is my plan, as of now: Day 1 lunch at Cafe de Flore (since it's his first trip to Paris, I thought this might be a good intro for a croque monsieur or omelet?), dinner at La Fontaine de Mars. Day 2, lunch at Le Florimond and dinner picnic of market goodies on Champs de Mars at sunset. Day 3, lunch at Cafe Constant and dinner at Chez Janou.
We're on a budget, so the real gems of Paris are off limits to us on this trip. But next time.... if he falls in love with Paris as I have. I would be grateful for advice on where to dine on this quick, yet important, trip to Paris! Merci!