Lyon on a budget
Does anyone have any suggestions for places to try some great Lyonnaise cuisine on a budget? I've read the other Lyon threads and would love to try some bouchons, but most are out of my price range. I can spend about 10-12 euro on a lunch plate, and 15 on dinner. Maybe one or two 20-euro splurge meals. Realizing that my restaurant options are limited, where are the best places to buy inexpensive groceries and produce that, while not a restaurant meal, will still let me try the flavors of Lyon? Of course I will be visiting Les Halles. I'm especially looking for places in or near Villeurbanne. Thank you very much for any ideas!
I live in Lyon and can give you a bit of guidance, but not about bouchons, as I never eat in them - not my type of cuisine. Your best bet for buying groceries is to go to one of the markets, where you can then buy as little or as much as you like, which is probably more economical. Quai St antoine is a popular one.
As far as restos - your evening budget is a little tight - you'd be better off switching it - you can get some good menus/formules for between 11 and 15 euro for lunch - so my advice is to change your eating pattern and be French - eat well at lunchtime and just snack in the evenings.
There are various new tapas places springing up where you can get small plates for between 2-4 euros a plate along with wine for about 4 euros a glass (small glasses though.)
It's hard to give further advice without knowing more about what kind of food you like and what you want to try. Be warned though, Lyon IS expensive, so as long as you know what to expect you won't be shocked.
As far as the bouchons also - most of the lower priced ones aren't that great - so if you really want to try a traditional one with good quality dishes, you'd need to be spending quite a lot more.
Hope that helps.