I've so enjoyed reading the many informative posts as I research my upcoming trip (12/1-8) with my husband and 10 year old daughter. She is a very precocious and sophisticated child, happy to dress up for the occasion, quite used to dining in fine restaurants in NYC.
Last year she charmed the wonderfully attentive waiters at La Grenouille by ordering (and loving) oysters and sweetbreads! She even loves her steak RARE!
The waiters at LG let her have her own little glass to have a sip of our Sancerre! tsk tsk!
We aren't completely crazy though, and do think, the newer "serious" food restaurants in Paris would be wasted on her at this age for her first experience. We don't want to go anywhere we wouldn't be welcome, or perceived as inappropriate, regardless of what a good child she is.
Anyway, we plan on taking her to mostly traditional Cafe's, Bistro's and Brasseries, and generally for lunch. In the evening, we are thinking, based on some of the great suggestions in other posts, "take out" to our apt. (Quai Le Tournelle) Crepes, or casual ethnic food spots.
From past visits (sans child), some of our personal favorites were Balzar, Chez Denise, Aux Charpentiers, Fontaine De Mars, Allard and Quincy...
I'd love any additional thoughts anyone might have, and particularly would like to know if any of the wine bars allow well behaved, older children. If so, since they seem to be a more casual place to try some of the more new wave food, would there be any particularly well suited to bringing our daughter? Thanks for the input!
Just as an aside, I'll never forget my first visit to Paris in 1999, and a lunch at Balzar where a French family came in with 2 daughters...approx. 8 years old. They were, of course impeccably dressed in little sailor dresses, and very well behaved. The waiter brought them out little plates of saucisson sec and butter while the grown up's perused their menus...
I've always wanted to create a similar experience with my own child...