Balla-Hús

Opened in 1951, Balla-Hús is one of the few remaining butcher shops in downtown Budapest. Balla's business model has evolved over the decades: instead of raw meat, today they specialize in low-priced breakfast and lunch dishes to a shrinking number of local residents (Airbnb, I'm looking at you). In the mornings, go for the scrambled eggs, which arrive sprinkled with crisped-up sausages and red paprika expect an especially generous portion if the owner himself prepares it.

The lunch offerings include meat-heavy dishes that are laid out in the steam tables. Think roasted and blood sausages, fried chicken liver, schnitzel, and pickled vegetables (let the wall painting of a Dionysian feast inspire your meal). Balla Hús is one of the few affordable eateries in the tourist-heavy downtown, so many locals flock here, both construction workers and office bureaucrats from the nearby Mayor's Office. Closed on weekends!

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