San Da Vinci
Before long, all visitors to Budapest will notice the countless gyro vendors swarming the city. Every major street is flanked by brightly lit, uninviting spots hawking cheap chicken and lamb gyros of which about the best that can be said is that they’re a satisfying drunk food. At first, San Da Vinci, located along the highway-like Rákóczi Road near Astoria station, looks like just another gyro joint, but it turns out it’s a worthier venue.
The owner, a Turkish native from the seaside city of Cesme, is committed to bringing the tastes of Turkish street food from the Aegean Region to Budapest. The highlight at San Da Vinci (a riff on "sandwich") is the kumru sandwich (€3), a specialty of Cesme. It's a sesame-seeded demi baguette layered with melted (Turkish) cheese, crisped pepperoni, sweet tomatoes, and pickles. Go for the “atom” version, if you’d like to also top it with an egg. The köfte meatball and the chicken sandwiches (€3 each) are also good. For a heftier portion, try the chili-laced chunks of beef (vitello) or lamb (agnello) kebabs.
San da Vinci’s baklava, moist and buttery and rich with pistachio nuts, is among the best I’ve had in Budapest. Turkish coffee and ayran, the yogurt-based beverage, are also available. If you don’t take your sandwich to go, you can sit by the upstairs tables.