I've enjoyed several meals at Thoumieux -- their duck confit, served with garlicky potatoes, is terrific. But the cassoulet was a big disappointment the last time I was there, which was a shame, because my husband and I had saved it for our last dinner in Paris on a trip with friends who'd never been there. We'd been extolling the pleasures of cassoulet for almost a week; three out of the four of us ordered it that night. Unlike previous meals, the beans hadn't been cooked long enough to be as soft as they should have been and the seasoning was somewhat bland. I was happy as ever with my duck confit and desserts were really good, especially the tarte tatin with a *huge* dollop of creme fraiche.
We're going back to Paris in two weeks. Anybody have any recommendations for casual, reasonably-priced French restaurants for lunch & dinner? Bistro, brasserie, whatever. We're not looking for places in the price range of Taillevant, Jacques Cagna or the Jules Verne, etc. (They're all wonderful, but out of the budget this time.)