Just got back from Paris. Since I culled most of my dining destinations from this board, it's only right that I post back to let y'all know what transpired...
Want to give out props to Maurice Naughton for tipping us on La Biche au Bois. It is the kind of place where you keep secret for fear of it becoming overexposed. Totally unpretentious and that's what makes a bistro great in the end, in my book. Charming service, honest food, great ambience and folk, all in all a wonderful dinner.
We also loved L'Ami Jean. Creative food at reasonable prices (29 euro prix fixe at lunch), and the desserts were absolutely fantastic.
Those were the two best of our trip overall.
We also enjoyed the falafels at L'As du Falafel and some pho and vermicelli at a Vietnamese dive in the 13th.
Two of our meals crapped the bed bigtime-- our first lunch at Cafe Rue near the Louvre/Palais Royal. We were drew in by the nice ambience and the nearly-packed place but the food was mediocre and way overpriced.
Le Souk also disappointed us bigtime. Nothing went right. The chicken in the tagine seemed to come from a 50-lb chicken on steroids, as the leg was humongous and the meat absolutely flavorless. Obviously of low quality.. I'd make a better couscous than they did, and I've never cooked couscous. We wish we went to La Table de Fes instead, but guess that'll be next time!
All in all Paris was great, and next time we go, we'll be sure to try some of the other places that you've been raving about lately.