You don't need me to tell you: döner kebabs are among the most rewarding street foods — these nutritious umami bombs wrapped in a pita impart the succulent taste of roast lamb or chicken, ideally both. Unfortunately, the stuff Budapest’s countless döner and gyro shops serve hardly does justice to this Ottoman invention that has since been refined by Germany's Turkish street vendors.
One of the few bright spots is Hari Kebab, a bustling döner joint a bit outside Budapest's city center in the outer District 7. Here, a soft homemade pita comes piled with crispy chunks of rotisserie veal and chicken and a range of fresh vegetables. My favorite is the namesake "Hari Kebab," also packing tangy feta cheese balanced out by a mound of caramelized onions. It costs €4, and you don't need to worry about leaving hungry. Instead of a pita, you can also order the döner in a thin dürüm flatbread, which is equally good.
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