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Kádár, Budapest

9 Klauzal tér
Pest, District VII
Hungary 1072
Tel: 36 1 321 3622's insider take:

Only open for lunch, this mom-and-pop shop is run by a Marlon Brando look-alike whose recommendations are not to be taken lightly—not so much because you're thinking of The Godfather, but because everything is excellent and filling. Favorites include tender stewed pork with house-made noodles, and peppers stuffed with a mix of pork, rice, and spices in a savory tomato sauce. Echoing an earlier era, photos of Hungarian celebrities from the 1970s adorn the wood-paneled walls, and self-serve seltzer bottles sit on the tables (which are covered in red-and-white checked cloths, of course), but be careful, or you'll pull a Marx Brothers on your lunchmates. Prices are similarly old-fashioned: Even with appetizers, drinks, and a dessert, like the wonderful shredded-apple cake, it would be hard for most couples to cross $30. The experience of being served Hungarian home cooking by what appears to be Don Corleone, however, is priceless.

Closed Sundays and Mondays. Lunch only.

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