All of these restaurants will provide you with a good wholesome meal that will cost you less than if you were to go to a fast food chain outfit. 

The food is tasty and wholesome, but will not win any gourmet awards. You want cheap? You can't have it all. What you are sampling is good and typical Hungarian home cooking and culture at the same time. Did your mother cook gourmet every night?

More will be added as they are discovered.  As you roam the city, look for the word étkezde (canteen), kifőzde (eating house), or ételbár (snack bar).

 District I.

 Önkiszolgáló vendéglő - This is another cafeteria restaurant. Once you go through the line, you find a table to enjoy your meal. This is the least expensive place to eat on Castle Hill and the place fills up with the locals.

Address: I. Hess András tér 4
Hours: Monday to Friday only 11am - 2pm 

 Nagyi Nonstop Palacsintázója - Palacsintá is the Hungarian version of a crepe. For less than 1,000 Huf, you can get a 3 'course' meal consisting of 2 main crepes filled with your choice of fillings and one dessert crepe. There are two locations in areas where tourists are likely to be.

Address: I. Batthyány tér 5 

District V.

Nagyi Nonstop Palacsintázója - Palacsintá is the Hungarian version of a crepe. For less than 1,000 Huf, you can get a 3 'course' meal consisting of 2 main crepes filled with your choice of fillings and one dessert crepe. There are two locations in areas where tourists are likely to be.

Address: V. Petófi Sandor u. 17-19
Hours: 24 hours

District VI.

Főzelékfalo Ételbar - Főzelék is a typical Hungarian dish. It is thicker than soup, but all pureed, so not a stew. The stock may have meat. There are other offerings besides the főzelék, but it is highly recommended.

Address: VI. Nagymező u. 18
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 9pm; Saturday 10am - 9pm; Sunday 11am - 6pm

District VII.

Drum - An overwhelmingly large menu with enough pictures, it doesn't matter what language you speak. The portions are generous. 

Address: Dob u. 2

Hours: Daily 11am - 11pm

Frici Papa Kifőzés - It used to be they only had signs on the wall with the daily offerings, but have since printed menus in English. This is a popular place, so for the best selections get there earlier rather than later. When they run out of something, you lose out of your first or second choices.

Address: VII. Király u. 55
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am – 9pm

Kádár Étkezde
 - This Jewish Quarter institution is one of the first cheap eats discoveries we made in 2002. We were so intimidated though with the Hungarian only menu and the waiter rushing to get us served and out the door, we barely remember the food. Thanks to my books and our B and B, it has become one of the tourism regulars.

Klauzal tér 9

Monday to Saturday 11am - 3pm

Kívánság Kifőzde - Kívánság is a noun meaning wish and kifőzde means a type of small restaurant. Eating at this restaurant, the wish that comes to mind first is "I wish my stomach were larger!" One of my now former students, Árpád, turned me on to this budget eatery that he highly recommended. When Árpád and I were finally able to meet, we entered this  tiny and unadorned restaurant. Don't let the limited seating dissuade you from entering, I thought we would be waiting in line to be served or have a to--go order. But, neither was the case as there is additional seating upstairs. We were promptly offered menus, mine was in English, another surprise for a tiny place. Even more surprising was the fact the menu had that day's date, a daily menu that changes from Monday through Friday. Upon Árpáds advice, I started off small by only ordering soup. This was good advice, because the bean soup was so filling, I could not order another thing. It was one of the best bean soups I have had in this country. I will return for more.

Address: Alsó Erdősor u 36
Hours: Monday to Friday noon to 4pm
Telephone: N/A

TreffOrt vendéglő - Yes, this is the last cafeteria on the list. Each day, there are two specials with a main dish and a side for under 1,000 Huf. This also gets packed at lunchtime, so try to arrive a little early or a little later than noon.

Address: VIII. Rákóczi u. 5 (inside ELTE university building; look for the oversized green doors)
Hours: Monday to Friday only 11am - 3:30pm

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