Neighborhood Roma and local office workers alike line up for home-style Hungarian flavors at Akácfa Étkezde, a self-service eatery in a backstreet of Budapest's old Jewish Quarter. The bizarrely eclectic decor includes landscape paintings and faux-Biedermeier living room furnishings, while the sticky, checkered tablecloths evoke 1980s nostalgia.
Akácfa Étkezde serves unfussy traditional dishes like beef or pork stew, sausages, stuffed cabbage, schnitzel, vegetable stews, and palacsinta (Hungarian crepes). Portions are generous, prices rock-bottom. Don't expect a fine-dining kitchen, but the food is decent, and it's here that you can experience a side of Budapest dining largely absent in downtown—modest eateries that everyday locals frequent. Weekend adventurers be warned: Akácfa Étkezde is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.