Be it self-service eateries, standing-only food stalls, or sit-down restaurants, the places below serve some of the best wallet-friendly dishes in Budapest. Note that many of them are lunch-only venues, open only on weekdays. Keep a special eye out for étkezdes: no-frills, mom-and-pop neighborhood greasy spoons that have been around for almost a century, but are now nearing extinction. People with a lingering nostalgia for times past should be certain to visit them—in Budapest's increasingly international dining scene, they are most native to the city.
Belvárosi Disznótoros is a wallet-friendly lunch destination for downtown office workers in Budapest. This self-service eatery with tall tables and standing counters offers a dizzying array of fully-prepared and to-be-prepared traditional Hungarian meat dishes. Think blood sausage, wild boar stew, chicken cutlets, and grilled pork chops, paired with pickled and marinated vegetables. "A field of dreams, a landscape of braised, and fried, and cured delights," said the late Anthony Bourdain of Belvárosi Disznótoros after his visit in 2015.