Karaván udvar(garden) in Kazinczy street is one of the main stops for street food lovers. They have many different stands there from Zing hamburgers, through vegan sandwiches to langos, which is a Hungarian salty deep fried dough and the most favorite version has sour cream and cheese on the top and some garlic below. Also in Kazinczy street you can find Bors bistro, the number 1 ranked food place in Budapest. They serve different type of soups, sandwiches and pastas. Actually soups are pretty popular among Hungarians in general. We are a soup eating nation.
If you look for really local flavours then you should go to a hentes, means butcher store in Hungarian, as there you can buy sausages, schnitzels and lots of different meat plates. Nowdays some of them sell salads and vegetarian options too. One of them is Belvárosi Disznótors in Kecskeméti street. Hungarians also eat főzelék regularly. This sauce dish is made from vegetable, usually each vegetable type can become a főzelék, bit like a vegetable stew. Heavy weights eat it with some sort of meat topping. You can find them for example in Főzelékfaló on Ferenciek tere or in market halls too, like the Great Market Hall.
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Solid breakfast options at the local butcher shop in Budapest (Belvárosi Disznotoros) ?… Blood sausage, duck leg, 'Hungarian sausage', Greek salad, kraut and ALL things pickled (cukes, cipollini onion, spicy pepper and cauliflower)… Pro Tip: avoid sharing meals here unless you want your giant Hungarian butcher to call you a feeble human ?
Pastries & Bakery
When we have very little time then we also like to grab pastries and bakery products such as pogácsa(salty round cake with cheese or bacon or cottage cheese or potato), sajtos stangli(snack with cheese topping), kakaós csiga(chocolate roll), túrós táska(sweet cottage cheese pastry), all type of strudels also with pop seeds. Actually pop seeds are very common in our confectionery. It is a perfect ingredient in sweet cakes and strudels. If i convinced you regarding pop seeds then try flódni which is a jewish dessert made from wallnuts, apple, jam and pop seeds. It is delicious.
Canteens are also popular for lunch on weekdays. We call them kifőzde and many of them placed in the ground floor of office buildings. Usually they serve soups, salads, stews, other traditional plates, schnitzels and different type of főzelék too. They are cheap and fast.
Halkakas Fish bistro
If you fancy some fish then visit Halkakas Fish bistro in Nagydiófa street. It is not exactly fast food, but they have some plates which are prepared fairly quickly and they have good quality Hungarian fish mainly cat fish, carp or pike. Actually Nemo bistro or Stég bistro als run with a similar profile.
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