Kandalló Pub

Part burger joint, part craft beer bar, Kandalló is a bustling space in the Jewish Quarter where locals looking for a taste of 'Merica can flock to. Kandalló’s burgers are among the best you will find in Budapest, although, as with other burgers in the city, I would prefer their buns to be smaller and squishier (Kandalló uses a 125 gram wheat bun with 180 gram / 6.3 ounce patties). Most patties are made from Grey Cattle beef, a local variety, while the more expensive burgers come with Angus chuck.

Of the 13 types of burgers, I recommend that you stick to the “classic” (€7) cheeseburger as the others aren’t so much improvements as variations using different sauces (BBQ, jalapeno, etc.) and non-traditional burger ingredients. If you're looking to splurge, try the grilled foie gras-studded "Kandalló" luxury burger (€15) - it comes in a light brioche bun where the intense richness of the goose liver is a wonderful foil to the beefy Angus. They also serve a vegetarian burger using goat cheese, and a vegan burger that’s made with a chickpea patty and a potato bun. 15 types of local craft beers are available on draft. A note of caution: avoid the super-low bar stools because it’s logistically difficult to eat from them and you will also look like a fool as I’ve learned.

In-line with the craft beers and burgers theme, it’s fitting that Kandalló screens NFL games on Sunday evenings, when Hungarian fans of American football tend to fill the space to capacity (advance bookings are a must every night of the week).