Gyuri bácsi konyhája

This self-service, modest eatery (“étkezde”) a bit outside the city center in District 9 may not be for everyone. Even within Budapest’s low-priced eatery genre, Gyuri bácsi konyhája is positioned towards the lower end when it comes to comfort and interior design. But the food is excellent, and the place represents the type of everyday dining that most tourists are unlikely to experience in Budapest.

The daily-changing lunch options, presented behind the glass, include an array of traditional Hungarian foods. Beef or pork stews (pörkölt) are available every day, as is a vegetable stew (“főzelék”). The soups may include a paprika-laced egg soup. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the tripe stew with egg dumplings. But you can't go wrong with anything here—if uncertain, pick whatever looks best to you. The three-course lunch prix fixe runs €5.

Gyuri bácsi konyhája gets packed with locals at lunchtime. In fact, the owner of a well-known Budapest étkezde often eats here on Saturdays (unlike other étkezdes, Gyuri bácsi stays open on Saturdays and closes only on Sundays).