(See edit below)
Budapest is still lingering with me so I thought I would add a list of where I ate during my 2 weeks. This may be boring, but remembering all the delicious food makes me happy!
Frici Papa: http://fricipapa.hu
Cheap and good. Goulash for me - this was not a soup. Choose your side (rice for me, potatoes for the next table). I went early evening and went right in, but saw a line out the door several times.
Paprika Vendéglő: http://paprikavendeglo.hu/
Really cute inside and delicious chicken paprika.
Király100 Gastro Corner: http://kiraly100.hu
I had been here before and was definitely worth a repeat. I love the interior.
Tereza Mexican Restaurant: http://tereza.hu
Sorry, I am from Texas and it had been a month with no Mexican food…. They actually had really good soft tacos and fried avocado- and a good house margarita.
Auguszt Cukrászda: http://auguszt.hu
Wonderful Esterházy torte and coffee - I pretend cake is breakfast.
Két Szerecsen: http://ketszerecsen.hu
Ended up with a pasta that night. Reservations wise.
Kadarka Wine Bar: http://kadarkawinebar.com
Yep, the wine was good; but I also had a really good flatbread for dinner.
Centrál Grand Cafe & Bar: http://centralkavehaz.hu
This ended up being breakfast for lunch. I ate outside but it was really pretty inside as well.
New York Café: http://newyorkcafebudapest.com
What a beautiful and delicious splurge! Reservations wise if you don’t want to wait.
Bors GasztroBár: They have a Facebook page but no website. Tables outside in season but no place to eat inside. This was a take out day for me anyway: a hot butternut squash soup, a white chocolate raspberry cold dessert soup, and a chicken baguette (the weekly special). Yes, this was more than one meal. Amazing!
Spinoza Café & Restaurant: http://spinoza.hu
Dinner was part of my klezmer concert night - but food was good and plenty of people were there for only dinner. Reservations looked wise.
A table outside on the River with a view of the lights and live music? Absolutely!
Lion's Locker: http://lockerbudapest.com
Great breakfast - lots of food! But they also are open longer in the day if you don’t want breakfast.
Corso Bar & Terrace: Facebook page but website not currently working.
Nope - this was a miss. I actually had a recommendation and went to the wrong place. This is in the lobby of the Intercontinental. It was ok, but use your time better, even if you are staying there. Although the view was nice.
Tasting Table Cellar (by Taste Hungary): http://tastehungary.com
With the included charcuterie board, this ended up being dinner also.
Café Gerbeaud: http://gerbeaud.hu
Absolutely yes. I combined lunch and breakfast for soup, cake (Gerbaud coffee slice), and coffee.
On the Buda side (my only eating foray there), chosen by my young friends who go there often with family. Bone marrow (a first), stuffed peppers, and cheesecake ice cream (all chosen by my friends). Yes to all!
Artizán Bakery: http://artizan.hu
I do not know what I had but it might be the most amazing pastry I have ever eaten…..
Where on my last night I drowned my sorrow at leaving in food…. Also the only regular restaurant I made a reservation for. The menu was a bit overwhelming for a solo diner so I basically had my waiter give me a couple of choices each time and he was never wrong. Chicken in garlic cream sauce and some kind of chocolate/Nutella sour cherry dumplings for dessert. Don’t go if you are in a hurry - it is worth waiting for. Edit: Georgian cuisine.
If I am not careful, all this is going to make me buy an airline ticket.
Update: Ok, this was feeling messy, so at the bottom, I compiled and formatted what I hope are all the other suggestions - just to make it easy to see!