Spending a night out

This weekend I went out to eat with some friends for a very casual, impromptu dinner. It was very much a hole in the wall, but the food was good and inexpensive and we had a great time. One thing I noticed when the bill came, though, was that, as usual, everyone had chosen the cheapest version of what they wanted, as opposed to what might have been the best. I ordered one entree and a drink, but still spent almost twice as much as the others.

Is this unusual, or par for the course, SEaters? When you go out with people who aren't "foodies," do you order based on what you want or what you can afford, and what about your dining companions? I don't want to sound whiny, because as I said, I love going out with these people, but I hate looking like a lush when we're all college students struggling on a budget.

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