"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. This wallet-friendly self-service sausage shop in Budapest's downtown does serve a dizzying array of ready-made and to-be-prepared traditional meat dishes. Think paprika and blood sausage, grilled pork chop, wild boar stew, and schnitzel. I usually go for a simple and delicious snappy sausage with a side of mustard and a slice of bread (there's no seating, only high-top tables and standing counters).
Note that a line consisting of nearby office workers 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. Belvárosi Disznótoros has two locations, but I prefer this one, on Károlyi Street.
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