I went to Paris a couple of summer ago--some of my info is here: http://www.roadfood.com/F...amp;high=paris+quijote
I thought I posted pics and a more thorough review, but didn't come across them.... I'll keep looking.
Overall, my favorite "roadfoody" experience was to go to the many outdoor street markets around the city. We went to the Mouffetard market (in the Latin Quarter) pretty regularly for local and regional cheeses, charcuterie, olives, fruits and veggies, bread, wine, etc. We had at least one "picnic" (back at the hotel room, usually) almost every day. At the market near the Bastille, don't pass up the chickens roasting on spits (and the potatoes cooking in the dripping fat). At the northside market in the main muslim neighborhood, look for great kebabs and other meats cooked on the grill. One of my favorite meals in Paris was at a tiny Moroccan restaurant; we had incredible lamb and chicken tagine with couscous, vegetables, etc. I'll look for the name of the place and report back.
A couple of other great things that come to mind: the ice cream (gelato and sorbet) at Berthillon. It's some of the best I've ever had--the fruit versions are fresh and intense.... There are plenty of streetside crepe stands to grab a sweet or savory crepe.... There's a restaurant near Les Halles called Les Montagnards--it's relatively inexpensive and serves the rustic cuisine of Savoy, a mountainous region west of Switzerland. I had a delicious lardon, potato, and reblochon casserole there.... Back in the Latin Quarter, on Rue Mouffetard, there was a pretty good place called Mouff'tot Mouff'tard--not particularly cheap, but it offered a good variety of national dishes like escargot, provencal mussels, etc.... If your friend is adventurous, there's a little restaurant near Notre Dame called Ribouldingue
: they specialize in offal dishes. We rather enjoyed it, though we're still quite timid when it comes to organ meats and such. It's a bit expensive, but really does refined work with some of the most rustic eats you can get.
And there are many more places we never got to.... Sometimes it pays off just to take a chance and try a place out.
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