Italians have their osterias, the French their brasseries. In Hungary, no-frills, small restaurants whose main purpose is to fill your stomach with familiar flavors at affordable prices are called "étkezde". Many étkezde opened in the communist-era and are now nearing extinction (usually for good reason - the food is bad). But a few are still around, serving outstanding homemade Hungarian dishes at almost ludicrously low prices.
In Budapest's increasingly international dining scene these eateries are some of the most indigenous to the city: people with a lingering nostalgia for times past should be certain to visit them. In line with local customs, take advantage of the half-portion options many offer. Note that most étkezde are closed on the weekend and accept cash only.