When you come to Budapest you must try some authentic Hungarian Cuisine. My top recommendation that is adorned by the locals is Goulash, palacsinta and paprika chicken served with nokedli noodles.
Tip: If you wonder off the beat and path you will find restaurants that the locals go to. These restaurants will offer lunch specials that include soup or salad, entree and a dessert for the low price of 1000 HUF ($3.50ish) Look for the signs that say” Lunch Menu.”
If you’re near the Parliament, or coming from a stroll across the Margit Bridge, you have to walk down the beautiful street of Pozsonyi. This street is lined with yummy coffee shops, treats, and filled with locals.
If you keep strolling down this street you will run it to the best Hungarian Restaurant. Sure you can find a goulash in the city center, but it’s not like this…. in taste or price.
They do take reservations as there is always a bit of a wait if you just show up. They'll get you seated as soon as they can, but it's rare that they aren't busy. This place is authentic, nothing fancy, service is just okay, but the food is amazing. Get the Goulash. Don’t forget it’s cash only although there is an atm across the street.
Hungarian food is a hearty cuisine. Every meals starts with a soup and the courses just flow for a very low price. As a vegetarian most Hungarian dishes don't cater to my diet. Every Hungarian menu always has an option for me, but it’s slim pickings... bunch of sides dishes. I often get the fried Mushrooms with white rice, and then I get a mixed pickled salad.
You will be happy with this family owned restaurant. The price is cheap, but the taste is authentic.