Hi Chowhounders. We have a challenge I am hoping you can help with. We are visiting Paris Aug. 7-10 and are looking forward to it. We have traveled and enjoyed eating in many different countries. We love to eat good food, whether it's in small, home-style places, trattoria type (Italy) spots, as well as well known splurge places.
We were in Paris about 8 years ago and loved our visit. Here's our challenge...neither one of us speak a word of French...and even when I had a great book that translates 'food'...we still struggled with menus. On top of it, I will fess up, we got intimidated by some of the attitudes of the waitstaff when we asked if they spoke English. We did find a small bistro that had fantastic food and we felt very welcome...we went twice.
We want to enjoy the wonderful food Paris has to offer. The other challenge is that one of us does not eat beef...fish, chicken, is ok, but no other meat. Chowhounders, can you help us by recommending places we can enjoy great food/wine, without struggling with the language difference (ask for menus in English without seeming like ugly Americans?...if they don't have, then how do we figure out the menu?...etc)...and any great restaurants to suggest (again, bistro type and we would like a splurge dinner too).
Thank you so much...