For a truly, deeply local experience, make your way to this bare-bones food stall inside the Rákóczi Market Hall in Budapest's District 8. Hiding in the back of the building is JóKrisz Lángos Sütöde, a mom-and-pop standing-only eatery specializing in lángos, a traditional Hungarian deep-fried Hungarian flatbread. I usually visit Jókrisz early in the mornings when the colorful cast of characters flock here from the mainly working-class neighborhood.
The lángos is exactly as it should be: crispy, golden brown on the outside, and beautifully doughy and chewy inside. If unsure, get the classic version with sour cream and grated cheese (€2). The scrambled eggs with crisped-up sausages are also good — specify how you want your eggs done, then pair them with a thick slice of bread. JóKrisz also makes palacsinta (Hungarian crepes); I especially like the ones with jam, cinnamon sugar, and Nutella fillings (€1). Prices are rock bottom: the equivalent of €4-5 will buy you a full breakfast.
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