Belvárosi Disznótoros

Belvárosi Disznótoros is a wallet-friendly lunch destination for downtown office workers in Budapest. This self-service eatery with tall tables and standing counters offers a dizzying array of fully-prepared and to-be-prepared traditional Hungarian meat dishes. Think blood sausage, wild boar stew, chicken cutlets, and grilled pork chops, paired with pickled and marinated 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.

My favorite is the simple-and-delicious, snappy sausage with a side of mustard and a slice of bread (€5). 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 this one, in Károlyi Street, is the one to go to.