Soul Food Budapest

Since 2014, it’s possible to get a taste of the American South in Budapest. So, if you have a hankering for po' boy, jambalaya, or gumbo, you can try all of them in Soul Food, this tiny eatery located on the popular Kazinczy Street in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter. Within the American Deep South, Soul Food pays homage to the diverse culinary traditions of the state of Louisiana.

Of the main plates, go for the seafood gumbo, the signature Louisiana stew that at Soul Food packs shrimp, clams, tomato, celery, onions, and white rice - more or less the “Creole version”. If you prefer sandwiches, try the pulled pork (made of pork legs here) or the signature po’boy. The meats are oven-braised until tender, rather than smoked in a barbecue pit. Whatever you decide, wash it down with excellent local beer on draft.

With a counter-order format and quick service, Soul Food is closest to a fast casual eatery (the sandwiches reminded me of American food-cart fare). Although prices have been on the rise, they’re still reasonable (€8 for the pulled pork sandwich with a side of fried potato chips), which means that at least a quarter of the patrons are locals on any given night.