Hús-hentesáru (Budafoki út)

This neighborhood institution, which opened in 1969, is still mainly a butcher shop with an array of raw pork, poultry, and beef dominating the display, but the longest lines form by the steam table in the corner containing a mound of ready-made meats. The atmosphere is part of the charm here: senior neighborhood residents often drop by to pick up whatever they dreamed up to cook that day (on my last visit, and elderly lady ordered three pork feet for a dinner-to-be of braised pig trotters). Many students from the nearby Budapest University of Technology are also repeat customers thanks to the low prices.

Although you’re here for the sausages—especially good is the liver sausage—don’t sleep on the tender roasted pork ribs, and the chicken, of which there are whole grilled birds and breaded cutlets, too. As do other patrons, order a side of sauerkraut or pickles for pairing, and start munching away at one of the high-top tables scattered throughout the premises. After your meal, throw out whatever is left on the butcher paper before you, and return your tray. Here, that's a real Budapest lunch experience. Once here, you can find other interesting things to do in this neighborhood with the help of our Újbuda guide.

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