Many butcher shops in Budapest ("hentes" in Hungarian) also serve ready-made dishes for the city's meat-craving populace. Paprika-laced roasted sausage, or kolbász, is the classic order, but liver and blood sausages, pork belly, ribs, and fried cutlets are also prevalent. As locals do, pair your kolbász with a dollop of mustard, raw sauerkraut, and a slice of bread.
These old-school sausage shops bring together Budapest locals from all walks of life—construction workers and corporate lawyers alike stand in line during the midday rush hour. Some people also start the day with sausage, which is why most hentes open at six in the morning. Note that there's a codified system to a meal at a hentes: you pick up a tray, shout your order, wait for your food, eat at a high-top table elbow-to-elbow with other customers (there is no seating), and return your tray after you’re finished. Here, that's a real Budapest lunch experience!