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"Hey," I say. "Never too late. Look at María. She crossed the world, made a new life, drove a cab, raised kids solo, started this up, and survived these fires, man. She's probably your second cousin. Start here."

The Place: Gulyas Csarda Restaurant, 4353 Highway 78 (at Wynola Road), Santa Ysabel

Type of Food: Hungarian

Prices: Gúlyás leves, Hungarian beef-vegetable soup, $8.50; chicken or pork wienerschnitzel, mashed potato, sautéed red cabbage, $13.50; Hungarian sausage, mash, red cabbage, $12.50; pork stew with mashed potatoes, $12.50; chicken paprika, sour cream, rice, $12.50; crêpe stuffed with chestnut paste (or hazelnut, chocolate syrup, apricot or plum jam), $4.20; apple strudel, $4.20

Hours: 12 noon-9 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday

Buses: Rural Bus 891, 892 from El Cajon Transit Center, departs 2:30 p.m. Thursday (892) and Friday (891) only. Cost: $5.00. Buses don't return till following morning. Call 619-442-8414.

Nearest Bus Stop: Outside

[2009 Editor's Note: Gulyas Csarda Restaurant has since closed.]

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zharsanyi72 Jan. 2, 2009 @ 10:32 p.m.

What happend with Budapest Express? I worked (cook)there between 1996-1997.


tonybusa Jan. 15, 2010 @ 3:18 p.m.

Well, Budapest Express closed down over 8 yrs ago. my ex worked (did everything)there to in 1998-1999. After she sold out it was a English resturant then the trains were removed. Margrete had enough with the business,after years later for awhile she had another resturant near Hemet.

Now nothing,so i just cook for myself or go visit my mom in Chicago for some good Hungarian food!


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