I have traveled to many large cities and one of the lessons that I have learned is that it is best to stay away from tourist areas when it comes to eating. The food is often overpriced, bad, and does not represent local cuisine. And this is true for all situations. Even as an American, I find that I eat terrible food if I eat in Times Square in New York City.
That is why while traveling in Paris, we wandered through the streets and ended up at the Cafe Le Miro Brasserie. It looked the kind of place a Parisian would eat and as soon as we stepped inside, there was not a single tourist in sight. I had a great salad that had lots of vegetables (I am almost a vegetarian) and as the picture below shows two slices of bread with warm goat cheese.
The service was great but like in a typical French restaurant the waiter was very quiet (not that we spoke much French anyway). But I must admit that he was extremely helpful when we spread out the map and wanted the directions for our next destination.