i liked le grand vefour http://www.grand-vefour.com/en/ it was a 3 star at the time.
it's been almost 20 years, but there was a chinese place in the 15th arrondissement, rare at the time for it to have garnered even a single michelin star. they made peking duck, but with french ducks which are a bit more lean, so it was an interesting take.
from paris we took the truck routes south and ate pretty well for cheap at truck stops. spent a bit of time in avignon, from there to marseilles for the bouillabaisse. moseyed across provence to the italian border.
knowing what i know now, i would have included lyon.
i'm sure there are some great blogs out there on where to eat in paris, they would clearly be a more informed source than i. but try to eat at least one chocolate croissant a day. and a lot of cheese. and if you're eating in a neighborhood bistro, more often than not, the house red will be the best choice to complement what you're eating.