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help! Bistro recommendation for tomorrow?

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First, I really wanted to thank all of you serious contributors to this board. I've mostly been lurking, but you've really enhanced my Parisian experience this last month.

Tomorrow (Monday) is my friend's last day in Paris and we completely forgot to book for dinner. We've been to a lot of great restaurants recommended by all of you on this board, but he's neglected to try what he thinks of as "classic french," often bistro-type food: in particular, he'd like to try escargot, confit de canard, and a soufflet (maybe the escargot is an outlier here?) Does anyone have any recommendations for a bistro or other restaurant, as delicious as possible, where he could try some (all?) of these things? Unfortunately, it's a Monday in the middle of August...!

Also, does anyone know about the Comptoir du Relais? I've heard it's open for dinner still? Do they have a prifixe dinner, or a la carte; if the latter, what is it like? We've been there for lunch, and if we can't find a bistro, we thought it might be an option for tomorrow.

Thanks very much!

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  1. August Monday night with no reservation? Best of luck. May the force be with you.

    1. Just what you want (from JT's Paris):
      Chez Grenouille closed only the first week of August
      52, rue Blanche in the 9th (Metro: Trinite)
      T: 01.42.81.34.07
      Closed Saturday lunch and Sundays
      Lunch menus at 15 and 25 and a 40 E carte but they’re cool about mix & matching

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      1. re: John Talbott

        This looks great indeed, thanks! Have you or anyone you know tried their soufflet? Worth ordering?

        1. re: scorpsjl

          "soufflet" ? Dunno.
          But for some pix, not quite Soup-level, check out http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

      2. Joséphine Chez Dumonet. La Fontaine de Mars. Le Petit Marguery. La Rotonde. Chez Georges Porte Maillot.

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        1. re: souphie

          Thanks! Is Josephine open? I'll call them in the morning, but I thought I they were closed in August?

          1. re: scorpsjl

            They were not last friday. Or last August.