Opened in 1951, Balla-Hús is one of the few remaining standalone butcher shops in downtown Budapest. Balla's business model has evolved over the decades: instead of meat, today they mainly specialize in 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 plate of scrambled eggs, which comes sprinkled with crisped-up sausages and red paprika powder (€2.5), and is occasionally prepared by the owner himself, resulting in enormous portions. The lunch offerings are dominated by various meat-heavy dishes laid out behind the glass. Think blood sausage and fried chicken liver. Pair them with a slice of bread or pickled vegetables, and let the wall painting depiciting a Dionysian feast inspire your meal.
Balla Hús is one of the handful of places in Budapest's tourist-heavy downtown that serve 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. Warning: Balla-Hús is closed on weekends!