I'm off to Paris for the first time and would like some recommendations. I have three days, and would probably like to break the budget one time for something really special, and keep more modest the rest of the time.
I know that lunch is traditionally the main meal in France, but it is not really my style to spend 3-4 hrs in mid-day eating and drinking. Do restaurants offer their finest menus for dinner also?
I know Paris is great for ethnic food, but I live in LA so would rather focus on French. Perhaps some places that specialize in regional cooking would be interesting; also bistro/brasserie. I generally avoid pork, veal and foie gras, but am probably willing to abandon this preference for this trip, since it seems that that will rule out a lot of possibilities.
Final style point: I learned French at an early age and have a good accent, but otherwise am very deficient although I can get by. I probably will work on reviving my knowledge a little before my trip. I know the stereotypes of Parisian intolerance of imperfect French. Can I try to use my skills at nice establishments, or do you recommend just letting them speak to me in English?