Many Budapest butcher shops (hentes) serve ready-made lunch for the city's meat-craving populace. Paprika-laced roasted sausage, or kolbász, is most popular, but liver and blood sausages, pork belly, and fried cutlets are also available. As locals do, pair your kolbász with a dollop of mustard, a side of pickled vegetables, 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 tend to stand in line during the midday rush hour. There's a codified system to a meal at a hentes: pick up a tray, holler your order across the counter, wait until your food is handed to you, eat it at one of the high-top tables elbow-to-elbow with other customers (there's no seating), and return your tray when you’re finished. Here, that's a real Budapest lunch experience!