I lived for a year in at the very bottom of Monparnasse on an au-pair's allowance, and now that I'm going back with my husband, I realize I don't know where to take him to eat. I find myself longing for a doner kebab with fries and a smear of harrissa, a pain aux raisins from an art nouveau patisserie near the Convention metro, and the lusciously huge salade des haricots verts at the Brasserie Lipp where the waiters were always kind to me when I came in alone, in a fit of luxury-deprivation, but where I still had to order a chicken I didn't want since, as the menu says "a salad is not a meal."
The board is full of bistros and stars and I've been drowning, cross-referencing with lefooding.com, getting rejected from Bigarrade and Comptoir du Relais because they are complet, and by others' answering machines because it's August. (We're going in September). What I would really like to know of the board's savants is what you LOVE to eat in Paris. What would be your last meal? Where would you go if you'd been away for years? What are your guilty pleasures? Help me make up for the year of food I missed (aside from those doner kabobs).