Mangalica Mennyország

The restored, 19th century Klauzál Market Hall in Budapest's old Jewish Quarter is a far cry from the thriving food court inside its sister location at Hold Street. Amid shuttered storefronts and bland grocery store chains, however, you will find a couple of self-service eateries that can make it worth popping in here. One of those is Mangalica Mennyország (the other Marika Lángos Sütője on the upper deck).

Mangalica Mennyország (trans. "Mangalica Heaven") serves a tasty and wallet-friendly two-course lunch prix fixe (€4). While not all dishes are made from the famed Hungarian mangalica pork, known for its curly hair and juicy fat, they are reliable and hearty. My favorite mains are the fried sausage with a side of mustard and fried potatoes, the ever-changing vegetable stew options ("főzelék" in Hungarian) topped with eggs and pork stew, and the pork shoulder with braised cabbage and mashed potatoes. The vegetarian option, fried camembert with roasted vegetables, is surprisingly good for a place that prides itself on meat dishes. Cash only!