Do you get jittery before a meeting? Does speaking in public make you uncomfortable? That’s alright, because we have the perfect feel-good antidote. Just rent a car and drive out of Brussels and give in to the best comfort food ever; we mean, ‘’les frites’’! (or whatever you want to call them: French fries, skinny fries, chips…)
Yes, there are 5000 fritkots in Belgium but you deserve the very best
Although they are universally called French fries, some say the frieten were born in Namur. In any case, you can savour the best fries in the country at Fritkot Big Moestasje, near Jette’s train station, 6 km north of Brussels. Did you know that the secret to achieving perfectly crispy fries largely depends on the fat temperature, which must be in between 175-180 °C (347°F and 356°F) during the frying final phase? Well, you know now! Enjoy!
Place Cardinal Mercier 23 1090, Jette
Your body craves tasty carbohydrates when you are stressed
Located 6 km South of Brussels, Ixelles is the home of Fritkot Bompa. This local landmark is proud of its fine Belgian potatoes deep-fried in fresh beef dripping every day. And if this doesn’t make your mouth water, the chip shop also offers a large choice of awesome homemade sauces.
Avenue de la Couronne 71, 1050 Ixelles
Belgians eat and average of 16 kg of fries per person every year and you’ll be tempted to compete.
Locals rave about Chez Jeanne & Jef, swearing their fries are to die for. Inside the little shed, you will receive a friendly welcome and devour fresh fries straight from the fryer, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. These are the best fries north of Brussels, no wonder it’s so popular! Expect to have to queue patiently before you can place your order. Well worth the wait.
Place Peter Benoit, 1120 Neder Over Heembeek
Your colleague is allergic to gluten, milk and fish
In Etterbeek, a quiet little town in the Brussels region, the whole country comes to La Maison Antoine. In this establishment founded in 1948, it goes without saying that fries are a very serious business. Yet, their fries served in paper cones only cost €2.70; not only that, but with their 30 different sauces to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Place Jourdan 16, 1040 Etterbeek
You have eaten green salads during the entire trip
At Uccle, just under 20 min from the European capital, pop round to Chez Clémentine. Sticking to its main principles, this establishment prides itself on being environmentally friendly while also preserving the traditional Belgian fritkot. Their fries alone are a reason to make the trip. No wonder Belgium has petitioned Unesco to endorse the quality of its National fry as an official icon of the country’s cultural heritage.
Place St Job 40, 1180 UCCLE