A big big big thank you to everyone who provided recommendations / thoughts. The trip was a grand affair. Had an incredible time. Here's a lil recap. Well, not really little. We went to more places, but these are the ones I can remember at the moment and have pictures of. Sorry that some of the pictures are bunk. I also realize that I should have taken more menu/wine pictures.
Overall, the thing I already miss is the bread and the butter and the cheese. Cliche, I know, but hot Hoover Dam were they good. And more wine, please.
(In chronological order, I think)
Great place to have our first lunch. Walked in without a reservation, although dinner time looked to be busier when we walked by later.
Basil cake / radish salad / cauliflower soup
el pollo loco
Some sort of veggie mix dish
This place was bonkers. Believe the concept is Japanese/Italian, and boy does it work wonders. Highly highly recommend. This meal stuck with me the whole trip.
Carrot froth - very light and had a crazy caramel-y texture layer at the bottom that was a nice surprise.
Two "snacks" - potatoes covered in some sort of crunch dust and two lil green bites.
"Asparagus Carbonara Salad" - the sauce-type glob on the right with the crunchies on top brought the carbonara. This was a very special dish, in my eyes (and mouth). So light but the carbonara flavors were there and somehow gave the same warmth/comfort as a traditional carbonara dish.
Fish in a pea broth. You can't see from the pic, but there were a load of tasty peas underneath. Very light and clean.
Not pictured - seafood pasta. This was actually the only miss. Felt a bit heavy-handed, especially compared to the other dishes of the night.
Dessert - grapefruit sorbet with meringue crisps and orange clouds. Tart and magic.
BASTILLE FARMERS MARKET
Awesome rotisserie chicken not pictured, but here is the unappetizing picture of the very appetizing potatoes that were placed underneath the rotating chickens to catch all of the delicious juices.
Look at these strawberry spheres!
L'AS DU FALLAFEL
It was a solid fallafel. As @mrsjoujou mentioned, it's not anything mind blowing, but the line moves quickly and it was tasty enough.
Lucked out with counter seats at peak lunch. Not pictured is the fine enough chicken salad pita, but what we really went for was the cauliflower tete. On it's own, fine, but with the three sauces (one red, one green, one white) and some salt? A MOTHER FUDGING TREAT.
This was probably my most anticipated restaurant. I won't go into too many boring details, but the experience wasn't the best, unfortunately. Maybe in part because of my high expectations. The stars just didn't align for us this night. Still, some of the food was quite memorable.
Foie gras with smoked eel and mushroom. I wish I would have gotten a picture with the smoked eel, because it really made this dish a splendor and felt like a great representation of the Japanese/French concept. My first bite was only foie, and I was like, "Nice, foie gras," but then my second bite had the eel, and I was like," NICE, FOIE GRAS & SMOKED EEL!"
Langoustine Beignet. Like eating a fried cloud. The texture was insanely light. Could have eaten a sky's-worth. (Sorry that the pic is kinda ick.)
No pics, but this place recently won the "Best Baguette in Paris," and it was a perfect baguette. Crispy without ruthlessly ripping open the roof of your mouth and so fluffy on the inside. The lingering taste was of perfect baguette. Also had a wonderfully flakey Kouign Amann.
What a wonderful place. Barely enough room for 10 people and the only thing you can get is oysters. And some salami. Oh, and wonderfully wonderful shrimp.
CHEZ L'AMI JEAN
Word to the wise: always trust @Porthos. This was probably the trip favorite. What a restaurant. Wish I could have had more, but I was stuffed to the gills by the time we left.
The best kind of filler.
Mushrooms. Full of flavor and spring.
I had no idea what this fish was. The texture was wild. Had a chew. Nice dish, but I regretted not going for a beef.
Strawberry yogurt. Simple and great.
THE WORLD CHAMPION RIZ AU LAIT. Immediately placed on my death row meal. Good god on high this was amazing and it comes as a mountain. I ate more than I should have and still took a significant amount back to the hotel to consume the rest of the next day. The best dessert I've ever had.
SOME BISTRO IN CANCALE
I have no idea where we went, but in this little town, I don't think it matters where you go. What matters is that it's filled to the brim with oysters. Ironically, no pictures of the oysters, but the moules et frites were top drawer and finished it off with a Far Breton, which is a regional flan/prune cake. I want to move here.
LA MAISON DE JOSEPHINE (RENNES)
Great little creperie in Rennes ran and operated by one sweet lady. Had the traditional galette complete and her house crepe for dessert. Had this great regional cidre - http://www.coat-albret.com/
ROYAL KEBAB (RENNES)
Glorious in its terribleness. Best if consumed after many cidres.
MARCHE DE LICES (RENNES)
One of the biggest markets in France. So lovely. Not pictured is the Galette Saucisse, which is a galette hotdog. YEAH BABY.
Another kouign amann. At first I was put off cuz it wasn't Flake City, Utah, but after getting to know it's sticky sweetness, I grew to love it.
The side bar of Comptoir is a gem. The bread here was as thick as something that's really thick and so, so great. Everything in this picture was also complimentary.
These tiny squares tasted like the best Cheeze-It you've ever had.
Foie gras citron macaron. Admittedly gimmicky, as evidenced by the knowledgable waiter having a tough time finding it in their system to ring it up. It was fine. Would I get it again? No. But then again, sure, why not?
I believe this is owned or started by the same guy that owns/started the first place we went to, Semilla. A small plates place with a Mediterranean/fish focus that is fine enough, if not destination worthy.
Some sort of fried "beignet."
Riz au lait. Had to get it to compare. With the toppings, it was actually pretty great. But on its own, the rice pudding lacked the rice decadent depths of L'Ami Jean's.
Now, off to the poor house I go!