Belvárosi Disznótoros

Belvárosi Disznótoros is a popular lunch-only eatery for downtown office workers in Budapest. This self-service food vendor with tall tables and standing counters offers a dizzying array of fully-prepared and to-be-prepared selection of traditional Hungarian meat dishes. Think blood sausage, wild boar stew, grilled pork chops, and pork knuckles, paired with a range of pickled and marinated vegetables. My favorite is the simple-and-excellent, fried, and snappy sausage with a side of mustard and a slice of bread (€5). "A field of dreams, a landscape of braised, and fried, and cured delights," said the late Anthony Bourdain of Belvárosi Disznótoros after his visit in 2015.

Thanks to the tasty and wallet-friendly food, a line usually forms at midday in front of Belvárosi Disznótoros, but it moves quickly. While waiting, cast a glance at the massive neoclassical building across the street, which, including the park behind it, used to home to one the wealthiest Hungarian families (Károlyi) before WWI.