Lyon is known as the city of food as many of France's best chefs live and work in the city and surrounding areas. Also two of France's most famous wine growing regions are around Lyon - Cotes du Rhone in the south and Beaujolais to the north.
Lyon has a number of very traditional restaurants serving local dishes along with local table wine, usually of the Beaujolaid variety.
One of the most famous dishes is "machines", which is a morning snack, originally enjoyed by the silk workers. It is a plate of locally produced charcuterie (dry cured sausage) and is usually eaten with red wine from the area, regardless that it is still not noon.
Other traditional dishes include Saucisson de Lyon, andouillette, which is another variety of sausage but made from tripe, a sausage with pistachio nuts in it, Coq au Vin (made famous by English dinner parties in the 1980's) and the fish, Pike. Tripe features again in the "gras double" where it is cooked with onions. Then there is of course the "salade lyonnaise" which is lettuce with bacon bits croutons and a poached egg on top.
Silk Worker's Brains refers to a cheese spread made from fromage blank and seasoned with salt, pepper and mixed with olive oil, vinegar and chopped shallots.
Lyon may be a large city but it is definitely worth spending a day or two in and exploring. TheSkiBug.fr can pick you up from your hotel in Lyon and take you from Lyon to Courchevel or Meribel.