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 étkezdes opened in the communist-era and are now nearing extinction, usually for good reason. But a few are still around, serving outstanding homemade Hungarian dishes at almost ludicrously low prices. People with a lingering nostalgia for times past should be certain to visit them.
In Budapest's increasingly international dining scene these eateries are some of the most indigenous to the city. Note that most étkezdes are closed on the weekend and accept cash only.