Tera Magyar Konyhája

Tera Magyar Konyhája ("Tera's Hungarian kitchen") is an affordable, self-service eatery located in an unexpectedly prestigious pocket of Újlipótváros, a well-heeled Budapest neighborhood. At lunchtime, a cross section of local residents show up at Tera, who can include over-80 senior citizens and trendy hipsters alike. What brings them together are low prices and reliable Hungarian home-style cooking.

This is how the system works: pick up a tray and silverware, get in line, and start scaning the ready-made dishes stacked behind the glass counter. After you've ordered, proceed to the cashier. By the time you've paid for your meal, a tray packed with steaming, traditional Hungarian foods will be handed to you. Pick an empty seat - you will likely have to share a table with other custoemrs - and enjoy your meal.

Tera Magyar Konyhája serves a wide range of dishes, but they excel at the fried-and-breaded items, which include both meats (cutlets, liver) and vegetables (mushrooms, cauliflower). A few types of stew dishes are always available too. Of the desserts, which are placed in the refrigerator on the left, opt for the somlói galuska. It's a popular Hungarian sponge cake topped with whip cream and chocolate syrup.

For the full experience and longest lines, go during lunchtime.