@Pippinwhite -- I get where you're coming from. When I was able to visit Paris, I went with a friend who is a seasoned traveler, and she showed me all the places where you could get cheaper, good food. I don't have that kind of money to throw around, either.
We did have one luxurious meal, but it was at lunch, when it's much cheaper, and I didn't order wine (can't drink), so that saved at least $50. It was delicious, but I felt guilty the whole time over spending that much money on a meal.
We ate at one brasserie, and I think it was about 18 euros, which is about $23, I think. It was good, and I'm glad I went, but I'm glad I can eat out a little cheaper than that at home. I know I can cook cheaper!