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Help! How to avoid tourist trap Restaurants Lisbon?

scanmike | Sep 26, 201810:18 AM

First off I need to apologize upfront that I usually do my research way ahead of time. Family issues (taking care of 96 year old mom) has caused me to book the trip without doing research. I literally went onto Expedia and picked the first hotel that had good reviews. Shows you how much I just need a break and to get away. Just too overwhelmed to plan with such short notice. Now, a week away, I am starting to look into my favorite thing...eating and restaurants.

We are staying at Villa Baixa, which seems to have a decent location. We are in our 60's and enjoy wandering around to get the feel of a city. We love good food, and prefer not to break the bank. We have learned that the best meals are sometimes the simplest. No pretentious places, no need for Michelin Star restaurants. Just good food with fresh ingredients.

Obviously, Lisbon is seafood centric and we love that. I tend to book restaurants and then become rigid in my schedule, which my husband hates.( I don't want to stress about making a reservation if we are in the opposite end of the city.). He's more of the "go with the flow" and I am the planner. IN all honesty, sometimes, he finds the best hidden places. Theres a wealth of information out there but feel like using Chowhound because it served me well in the past, as opposed to Tripadvisor.

So far I do have a reservation for lunch at Frade Dos Mares, Ramiro and trying for Mar so Carmo. How much should I expect to spend on dinner or lunch for 2 people with some wine? (menus are not always online). Can someone recommend a restaurant for our first night in Lisbon as I know we will be lost and not have our bearings yet. Also need help with places for breakfast. Since it appears we are in a touristy area, I need some direction. I do plan to go to Belem, Caiscas, Sintra. We have 7 days. Also, can we walk to most places? Thank you ahead of time. And Vinhotinto75 I would appreciate your input.

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