Király 100, which opened in 1994 and lines the outer part of the historic Király Street, is a traditional Hungarian restaurant a bit outside the city center. The cozy two-story space, outfitted with exposed beams and rafters, evokes chalet vibes, perhaps as a hat-tip to the beer hall that first occupied the space in 1893. (Even today, many people come for beers only, of which four lagers are available on draft.)

The dishes here are unlikely to disappoint, but they fall short when compared with the top restaurants in Budapest. The highlights include the liver dumpling soup (€5), the goulash (€5), the mangalica pork neck with crispy potatoes (€14), and the pork tenderloins draped in strips of bacon (€13). The servers are noticeably kind and accommodating.

Prices, unfortunately, are on par with downtown restaurants, meaning that few of the mains are below €12. Most of the patrons are tourists, but some middle-class Hungarian families also come here who prefer the neighborhood stalwart to the trendiest place in the city center. Once here, note how the streets quiet down as night falls (residents are still mainly locals rather than Airbnb folks).

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