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Paris lunch dining with toddler - need advice

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Paris lunch dining with toddler - need advice

Lupadog | Aug 14, 2011 06:46 AM

hello there:
We have just booked a 3 week stay in Paris for December. We will be traveling with our 3 year old toddler and staying in an apartment. We plan to do a mix of cooking at home, charcuterie and cheese, takeaways and some lunches out at casual bistros and brasseries (i.e. Chez Denise, Polidor). Our daughter is used to dining out (at average restaurants in the U.S.) and we are hyper-vigilant about her behavior in restaurants - she has a restaurant voice, is very polite to the waitstaff, and understands that we will immediately leave if we have to...
Since we are on a limited budget, my question is really about ordering at lunch. If there is a lunch special (entree, plat, etc..) my husband and I will most definitely be getting the prix fixe. I don't think my daughter can eat all of that on most days - but on some days she might! Do we order her a la carte? Is it ok to ask for an extra plate and give her some of our food? I don't want to be tacky but I also don't want to spend $20-25 on food that may be untouched. Any suggestions would be most helpful - many thanks.

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