One of the absolutely best things in Brussels is frites. Although called French by some (ahem, my American friends), Belgians claim that fries originated here and that the term “French fries” was introduced when American soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I.
Originally Belgian or not, they sure know how to make them. They are made with Belgian Bintje potatoes, cooked twice and served in a paper cone. A great way to sample frites is from a friterie or fritkot – one of the many street vendors specializing in fries and other deep-fried delights.
I know there is great debate on where to find the best ones, but these three places usually top the list. If you want more ideas, check out the list from the Brussels tourism office, or you can even download the Fritkots Bruxelles app which gives a story and location for frites shops around Brussels.
Maison Antoine – Place Jourdan, 1040 Etterbeek
Founded in 1948, La Maison Antoine is a permanent friterie on Place Jourdan in the EU district. These guys are serious – they even have a website! Enjoy your fries in one of the “partner” bars across the street and wash them down with a good Belgian beer.
Frit Flagey – Place Flagey (Rue Gray), 1050 Ixelles
Recently upgraded to a spanking new friterie cart, some say these rival Maison Antoine’s offering. There are often long lines, even in the rain, due to the very popular Belga bar on the square. It’s worth the wait, as these frites are some of the best you’ll find. They have a large selection of frites sauces to try as well.
Fritkot – Place de la Chapelle, 1000 Brussels
Good fries in a great location. This place is next to the Notre Dame de la Chapelle church just off the Sablon, the beautiful medieval square, and the parallel streets of Rue Haute and Rue Blaes, where you can find some great furniture and antique stores.
Know somewhere better? Tell me your favorite place to find frites.