Opened in 1951, Balla-Hús is one of the few remaining standalone butcher shops in downtown Budapest. Its business model has evolved over the decades: instead of selling meat, today they mainly serve low-priced breakfast and lunch dishes to the shrinking number of local residents (Airbnb, I'm looking at you).
The star of the show here is the delicious scrambled eggs breakfast sprinkled with crisped-up sausages and red paprika powder for the equivalent of €2, occasionally prepared by the owner himself, resulting in enormous portions. Various meat-heavy dishes dominate the lunch offerings that are laid out behind the glass. Think blood sausage and fried chicken liver. Pair them with a slice of bread or pickled vegetables and let your meal be inspired by the Dionysian feast painted on the wall above the counter.
Balla Hús is one of the handful of places in Budapest's tourist-heavy downtown that serves a low-priced breakfast and lunch. As a result, locals flock to here, including both construction workers and office bureaucrats from the mayor's office located around the corner from here. Warning: Balla-Hús is closed on weekends!