I'll be in Lisbon for six days in mid-October and would like to get as much out of it as possible. I am staying at the Real Palacio, but that's not really important - I'll go anywhere, especially if it is for the best of a local specialty. LOVE local/regional cuisine, so suggestions there are well appreciated. I'm not fussy, either...I'll eat anything. Bring on the offel! Of course, I'll probably also want to experience one or two classier dining experiences, although I am on a budget so I guess no Michelin-starred restos for me.
Also a couple of more general questions: I'm traveling alone, so are restaurants in Lisbon generally friendly to single diners? I'll be coming in from Paris, where single diners are sneered at unmercifully. Also, what is the house wine scene like? Is it like France, where you can tell the quality of the wine list by the quality of the house wine? Or is it more like the US, where the house wine is more like the staff poured all the wine left on the tables by customers into one giant bucket, added water and called it good? And are there any good local wines I should be looking out for? Finally, I speak about zero Portugese...can I get by on my mix of mediocre Spanish and French?
Thanks in advance for all your good advice! I am SO excited for this trip!