Heading on over to Budapest from Austin, Texas for a couple weeks in August.
I'm a serious eater and am ready to range broadly across the city and hope to eat like a Magyar.
I've read the Critical Guide by Andras Torok and can't wait to get to the city and do some serious exploration
The common hog is perhaps the most noble animal on earth. I know Hungarians are serious about their pork and so am I.
Who's working with Mangalitsas in Budapest?
This pig is really making a splash in culinary circles stateside and I'm hoping to eat quite a bit while in Budapest.
What restaurants are the most serious when it comes to their pork preparations?
Is there such a thing as Hungarian barbecue? Slow smoked meats cooked with fire built from hardwood?
Pickles? I'll be eating lots of pickled vegetables while in town. Please point me to the pickle queen.
What district provides the best, most diverse array of restaurants?
No fancy, high dollar places where the architecture of the food on the plate is the most important point of the chef. Just good exemplars of Hungarian cuisine done right. Diners, cafes, bars, old joints that have been there forever?
I need to know because that's where I'll get my pension.
Cake and/or Pastry: Where do you go to satisfy your sweet tooth? Who's been to Fröhlich cukrászda at Dob utca 22?
Home cooking: Kiskacsa restaurant at Dob utca 26 offers “one plate home cooking" according to one internet wag. How is it?
Kádár étkezde at Klauzál tér 10 is mentioned as being one of the better lunch spots in Budapest. What's the story?
Interesting food outside Budapest: I'll have the use of a motorcycle while I'm in Budapest. Any good places an hour or so outside of town? How is the Lake Balaton region?
Deryne? Read a favorable review for this restaurant. How is it?
Beer? I'm going to be drinking as much beer as possible on this vacation and need to know where to get the best of the region. I like small, weathered taverns preferably where the typical drinker is an old man with a pint and a newspaper. Frippery interests me little.
How is Aranyászok Sörözö at József Nádor tér ?
Paul's Pub at Váci utca 49 ?
Kaltenberg Sörözö Kinizsi utca 30-32 1092 Budapest?
The Caledonia Mozsar Utca 9, Budapest 1066?
Corso Petõfi Sándor utca Budapest?
Henri Belga Sörözö (Belgian Brasserie) I. Bem rakpart 12, Budapest? I'm very excited by this as I LOVE Belgian beer. Word?
Mister Sörház Régifóti út 31, 1152 Budapest.?
Pater Marcus I. Apor Péter u. 1., Budapest.? More Belgian beer and food is supposed to be served here. Who's been? How is it?
Haxen Kiraly Kiraly utca 100, Budapest.?
Are there any breweries in Budapest producing Hungarian micro brews?
I read an interesting article about Romkocsmas [Ruins Pubs] in Budapest.
Your thoughts on Szimpla kert?
How about Mumus?
Coffee. I drink an inordinate amount of coffee. It's my lifeblood even more so than my beloved beer. Where do you go in Budapest to get delicious coffee? Any places roasting their beans on premise?
Street food: After reading this http://www.chew.hu/csulkos_magyaros_l...
I'm filled with a craving for Magyaros Lepény. Who is the standard bearer for this dish? What is some other street food I need to know about? Any particular neighborhood where there's plenty carts afoot?
Is Buda better than Pest or vice versa? How is district 7?
Three Monkeys or Három Majom: Still open? Still good?
Hungarian soul food: Slow cooked meats, careful takes on gravy, homespun use of potato etc. Where do y'all go to get your Hungarian soul food?
Steak. I'm going to need to eat a ribeye at some point. Preferably from a well reared Hungarian steer [ Grey cattle? ] that's been cooked by a pro, preferably on a high heat grill. Where do I go to realize this dream?
Sausage: I'm lucky to live in Central Texas where thousands of emigree's from Germany, Austria and Czechoslavakia have lived for generations. We have incredible sausage and I can't wait to tear into some Hungarian links. Where do y'all go to get your kolbász ?
Ice cream: Vári Cukrászda, worth the trip to District 16? Read about it here: http://budajest.com/2010/05/03/vari-c...
I've got a lot more questions but this will get me started. After reading the Critical Guide I could not be more excited to come to this incredible city.