Although Frici Papa opened after the fall of the iron curtain, this eatery has rightfully become a darling for tourists who're looking to experience a piece of communist-style dining. Cheap wood panelings decorate the walls, tablecloths are covered with transparent plastic, and waiters are dressed as if they were parachuted here from the '80s - those in search of a journey back in time are unlikely to be disappointed by Frici Papa.
The extensive menu includes most traditional Hungarian staples ranging from beef stew with egg dumplings (€5) to chicken paprikás (€5), layered potatoes (€3), and the cottage cheese-topped noodles, túrós csusza (€2). Certainly don't expect a Michelin-star kitchen here, but most of the dishes are passable. My two favorites besides the túrós csusza are both desserts: the poppy-seeds-coated mákos guba (€2), and the sweet cottage cheese-filled palacsinta (Hungarian crepes) smothered in vanilla sauce (€1).
Prices at Frici Papa are ludicrously low, meaning that locals also come here in addition to the ever-growing presence of adventure-seeking tourists. Cash-only!