Belvárosi Disznótoros

Belvárosi Disznótoros is a wallet-friendly lunch destination for downtown office workers in Budapest. This self-service sausage shop with high-top tables and standing counters offers a dizzying array of ready-made and to-be-prepared traditional meat dishes. Think blood sausage, grilled pork chop, wild boar stew, schnitzel, and the like. People usually pair their main order with a side of pickled vegetables. "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.

I usually go for a simple-and-delicious, snappy sausage with a side of mustard and a slice of bread (€5). Note that a line usually forms at midday, 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. Note that Belvárosi Disznótoros has two locations, but I prefer this one, in Károlyi Street.