We're devoted Chowhounders from San Francisco. We'll be spending a few days in Lisbon in early May, then planning to rent a car and head in some direction for about 5 days. We're adventurous and love finding out-of-the-way, more-or-less rural places with great food and affordable, simple accomodations. Does anyone have any ideas for the best region to head for?
Also, we'll be in Lisbon for about 4 days. We'd love to do one special meal in a "nice" yet not ridiculously expensive place (given value of the dollar), and for the rest of the time seek out the best low-key locals' favorites. (grilled meats are a plus!) Is restaurant eleven the place to go, or other suggestions?