Buja Disznó(k)

Buja Disznó(k) is a food stall on the upper deck of the historic Hold Street Market Hall in downtown Budapest. Over the past few years, the market has transformed into a gourmet food court, where local celebrity chefs operate wallet-friendly fast casual eateries. The culinary focus of Buja Disznó(k) is simple enough: pork schnitzels.

Hungarians have grown so fond of this breaded cutlet, which actually originates in northern Italy, not Austria, that it's become something of a national dish beside the goulash soup and chicken paprikash. Be sure to arrive hungry at Buja Disznó(k), otherwise the odds of you finishing this oversized, crispy, and sufficiently juicy pork loin, served with a side of cold potato salad (€7), are not in your favor.

For the fullest experience, sit at the long communal table alongside local office workers, who somehow think this massive hunk of fried meat is an appropriate workday lunch. Note that Buja Disznó(k) is open for lunch only. If the line is too long, visit A Séf utcája, a few doors down from here and run by the same executive chef, Lajos Bíró.

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