Király 100 Restaurant

The outer part of the Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút) is much different than the inner side—the Jewish Quarter’s stag-party apocalypse doesn’t reach this far, meaning that the streets quiet down as night falls, and residents are still mainly locals rather than Airbnb guests. The neighborhood’s mom-and-pop stores and dilapidated buildings serve as a reminder of what much of Budapest looked like in the '90s.

Király 100 restaurant, which opened in 1994 and abuts Király Street, a historic thoroughfare, is the biggest restaurant in the neighborhood. The two-story space, furnished with blond wooden beams, evokes chalet vibes perhaps as a hat-tip to the beer hall that first opened here in 1893. (Even today, many people come just for beers, of which four lagers are available on draft.)

The traditional Hungarian dishes are unlikely to disappoint you, but the flavors can fall short when compared with the best places of this kind. Among the better plates are the liver dumpling soup (€4), the mangalica pork neck (€13) paired with a side of crispy potatoes and ratatouille, and also the pork tenderloins coated in strips of bacon (€13). Servers are kind and accommodating. In fact, they're one of the best service teams I’ve encountered in Budapest.

Prices, unfortunately, are on par with, if not higher than, comparable downtown restaurants, meaning that few main courses are below €10. Most patrons are middle-class Hungarian families of the type that prefers the neighborhood joint to the trendy spots downtown.