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-delicious, 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. (Note that they have two locations, but this one, in Károlyi Street, is more homey and the original.)

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 be home to one the wealthiest Hungarian families (Károlyi) before WWI. Today, it houses the Petőfi Literary Museum.