6.0 Le Bistro Melrose, 5, place de Clichy in the 17th (although the check says the 9th), 01.42.93.61.34, open 7/7 for lunch but closed Sunday nights (Metro: Clichy), is a place I've passed time after time on the bus going elsewhere and finally decided to try it. It looks like every other red-tinged place on the place de Clichy, but inside is 99% French locals of my age, save for two Brits.
They have an extensive carte with several formulas and a handful of daily specials. I went for the classics: snails in butter, bar cooked on the plancha with a butter and cream sauce and crepes Suzette. All were what you'd expect, and my guess is that's what my neighbors eating here expected as well; no fooling around with what works.
My bill with tap water, two glasses of wine and one coffee, was 48 E.
Go? It's not a destination but for a Sunday lunch with Mom and Pop, it'll do fine.