Városház Snack

Low prices, home-style cooking, no English menu, let alone an Instagram page: these are signs that you've stumbled on a truly local eatery. Városház Snack, which opened in 1985, is a bare-bones, shoebox-sized, counter-service restaurant in Budapest's downtown that's popular among emplyees of the Mayor's Office across the street.

The daily-changing menu is written on weathered plastic boards attached to the wall. The only issue is that the boards are partially obstructed by the counter's frame, but think of it as part of the charm. As the day progresses, more and more boards are flipped over, so indicating dishes they ran out of—you should try to get there before 1 p.m.

I usually go for the daily soup (€1.5) followed by a vegetable stew (főzelék) with meat loaf (€3). Also good is the fried chicken liver with a side of mashed potatoes and pickled vegetables, and the mákos tészta (€1.5), a dessert plate of noodles topped with puppy seeds and powdered sugar. That's right. Service is quick, prices rock-bottom. Note that Városház Snack is open only for lunch, Monday through Friday.

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