The sixth is the center of our Parisian universe.  Though we take up just a tiny sliver of its 0.8 square mile (about 300 square feet to be exact), we have spent a large chunk of our dining hours within its boundaries, everywhere from hole-in-the-wall joints to nicer sit-down restaurants to the well-frequented Monoprix supermarket for a meal back at home.  There remain many known and unknown gems to be sampled but we have no doubt that we will get through most of them, or fail trying.  After all, we love eating as much as we love living where we live.
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Café le Luxembourg
58, boulevard Saint-Michel
M° Cluny - La Sorbonne

Euro - 9 to 16
The seemingly well-to-do, elderly American couple next to us appeared eminently pleased with their meal.  As we started perusing the menu, these neighbors of ours showered praises on the food and heartily thanked the waiter for his wine recommendation.  We thought we were in for a treat ourselves.  We were still studying the menu, searching for any decently priced items and not having much luck, when they got up to leave.  Eventually, we settled on two lunch dishes and the waiter’s eyes seemed to query – “That’s it?” – as he took the order.

That was it because we had just recently paid an arm and a leg for our French language classes and this was only an after-class lunch and not a fancy vacation’s dining experience across from the Garden.  Nez’s croque-madame (7€) was a decent take on the classic although the ingredients seemed to have been thrown together haphazardly.  Similarly, Riot’s steak haché à cheval (11.80€) was a run-of-the-mill steak frites that was uninspiringly reminiscent of a slab of burger paddy thrown onto the grill at a late-night restaurant.
  Run of the mill:  The steak haché à cheval (11.80€), the latter part of the name merely refers to the fried egg on top.

On this rounded corner where the perennially busy boulevard Saint-Michel meets with an equally crowded rue de Médicis, we had a great view of the goings-on of Paris; the Pantheon situated due left and the sprawling Jardin du Luxembourg just a stone’s throw to the right.  This view came with a price and such was built into the price of the food.  The food, itself, was an altogether different story.  Perhaps selecting from the other parts of the menu would have brought more satisfaction or perhaps it would have been different had we been merely passing by here on a visit to Paris instead of living in Paris, on a shoestring budget.
  Grilled cheese and ham:  The croque-madame (7€) made more or less without any fanfare.
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