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Belgian Fries!

runcmg727 Sep 27, 2006 10:29 PM

Hello fellow food mongers! I am looking for a place that has authentic belgian fries and sauces. Any recs out there?

  1. echoparkdirt Aug 11, 2013 06:15 PM

    Can I bring this thread back from the dead? Wondering if we have any current contenders for great belgian fries...

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    1. re: echoparkdirt
      kevin Aug 11, 2013 07:12 PM

      The place in Venice. Boardwalk next door to the Peruvian.

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        foodiemahoodie Aug 11, 2013 08:36 PM

        I tried them 3 or 4 months ago - had some with my first meal from El Huarique. Wish I liked them more. Sigh.

      2. re: echoparkdirt
        Jase Aug 11, 2013 09:13 PM

        The Belgian Frites stand at the Sunday Mar Vista Farmer's market has gotten some solid ratings from various people. I think it's good not great.

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          kevin Aug 11, 2013 10:05 PM

          I agree. Their Belgian style liegge waffles may be even better.

          He's the guy that used to have a tiny stall at the Santa Monica and Purdue Farmer's Market.

          1. re: kevin
            Jase Aug 11, 2013 11:04 PM

            The couple of times I've had the waffles I found the inside a touch doughier and slightly underdone for my tastes.

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              echoparkdirt Aug 11, 2013 11:55 PM

              can we agree that Los Angeles is woefully SHORT of amazing fries places?

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        Robert Thornton Nov 17, 2011 10:55 AM

        If you're ever out here in Claremont, the Back Abbey has good Belgian fries.

        The Back Abbey
        128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

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        1. re: Robert Thornton
          BrewNChow Nov 17, 2011 07:50 PM

          I second this rec. Back Abbey is very fun and they fry their frites in duck fat, which is always good.

          There's a guy at the west LA farmers market http://www.westlafarmersmarket.info/
          who makes, bar none, the best Liege waffles anywhere (Belgium included.


          I usually only buy his waffles (5 for 10 bucks!!!!!!!!!), but he makes frites too and considering that he bothers to make authentic Liege waffles (a nauseatingly involved process, requiring a particular type of waffle iron) I'd be surprised if he didn't take the time to also make authentic frites.

          The Back Abbey
          128 Oberlin Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

        2. wienermobile Nov 17, 2011 07:25 AM

          Some good Belgian's at Wurstkuche Venice and Downtown plus great dips including
          Sweet and Sassy BBQ
          Buttermilk Ranch
          Thai Peanut
          Tzatziki - Greek yogurt sauce
          Chipotle Ketchup
          Curry Ketchup-my favorite
          Bleu Cheese Walnut and Bacon Sundried Tomato
          Chipotle Aioli
          and Pesto Mayo.

          800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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          1. re: wienermobile
            echoparkdirt Nov 17, 2011 08:29 AM

            OMG must try...i love belgian fries!
            PS. the fries at Standing Room in Redondo Beach are amazing, and come with lots of different wonderful AiOli

            1. re: wienermobile
              foodiemahoodie Nov 17, 2011 12:50 PM

              Good fries, not great fries. Oinkster much better, and often at Hal's (ask for them to be browned).

              2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

              1. re: wienermobile
                EricDC Nov 17, 2011 02:29 PM

                Yeah, Wurstkuche does 'em... they're pretty good. I don't love the place, but the fries are pretty darn good.

                800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                1. re: wienermobile
                  matikin9 Nov 17, 2011 05:03 PM

                  I like Wurstkuche's fries WAY more than Oinkster's fries, which remind me of In-n-Out's fries. Wurstkuche gives you big meaty fries that have a good outer crustiness and are never soggy.

                  2005 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

                  800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                  1. re: matikin9
                    kevin Nov 17, 2011 05:14 PM

                    yeah, wurskuche's fries are pretty fucking delicious. and i'm not at all a fan of in n out fries.

                    1. re: kevin
                      mrshankly Nov 17, 2011 06:09 PM

                      I concur with Wurstkuche fries being pretty damn good... I always get two orders so I can get my fix and not wait in their awful line twice.

                      800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                      1. re: mrshankly
                        echoparkdirt Nov 18, 2011 02:53 PM

                        OK. I just went to wurstkuche venice. I agree with foodiemahoodie -- to me, they were good, interesting, respectable, but not great. they were good. chunky, not that crispy. the dipping sauce (chipotle aioli) was very good. the other one (thai peanut sauce) was terrible.

                        Wurstkuche was fun, an experience, with respectable food.

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                  mwynn13 Nov 17, 2011 12:45 AM

                  New Belgian-style fry stand, Flanders Frites, just opened in the space on the back (Hill St. side) of Grand Central Market, directly across from Angel's Flight. Yummy, fresh, crispy twice-cooked fries, delicious dipping sauces (Satay, Aioli, etc.); also has Currywurst and various croquettes on the menu along with salads, sandwiches and casual lunch fare.
                  Only cons, for you Belgian Traditionalists, is no Mussels on the menu, and the fries don't come with pickled onions- but I am nitpicking.

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                  1. re: mwynn13
                    Peripatetic Nov 17, 2011 01:34 AM

                    Krokets? That's great! Did you happen to notice what varieties they have?

                    1. re: Peripatetic
                      mwynn13 Nov 17, 2011 01:52 AM

                      I can, and they do!

                      1. re: mwynn13
                        Peripatetic Nov 17, 2011 02:01 AM

                        Apologies, I edited as you replied. Did you happen to notice what varieties?

                        One of the best parts of frequent business trips to Amsterdam was krokets at Van Dobben and the occasional bamischijf from FEBO. LA could really use more Flemish street food!

                        1. re: Peripatetic
                          mwynn13 Nov 17, 2011 11:43 AM

                          I didn't take note, beyond Meat and Not Meat.

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                            Bradbury Nov 17, 2011 02:28 PM

                            One of the (few) examples of Dutch cuisine I miss from my expat years in Amsterdam were the garnalenkroketen (North Sea gray shrimp croquettes) with mustard soup at Brasserie Joffers... would love to find something like that around here on a rare cold day.

                            For TRUE Flemish frites, though, they'd have to be fried in horse fat, which isn't going to happen around here anytime soon. Actually they're harder to find these days in Flanders, too, though I did once get them from a frites cart at the foot of the Molenberg as we waited for the Tour of Flanders to pass through. Absolutely disgustingly good.

                            [There's an old joke in that part of the world about how you can tell the Flemish from the Dutch: If you see a dead guy clutching a cone of frites to his chest, he's Flemish. If you see another guy trying to steal the dead man's frites, he's Dutch.]

                            1. re: Bradbury
                              JAB Nov 17, 2011 04:28 PM

                              Brussels Bistro has what your looking for or a very close proximity.

                              Brussels Bistro
                              222 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

                      2. re: mwynn13
                        kevin Nov 17, 2011 02:54 PM

                        wow, awesome. haven't even heard of this yet. it's in the old Chimu space?

                        1. re: kevin
                          matikin9 Nov 17, 2011 04:58 PM

                          Yes! I passed by today and saw it... having a Belgian Frites place so close to my office almost makes up for Chimu being gone. I'm definitely going to go try it soon.

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                        Ernie Sep 28, 2006 05:33 AM

                        Not exactly Belgian frites but might satisfy your craving, Skooby's in Hollywood and Hermosa Beach make excellent, fresh twice-fried fries with an addictive aioli dip.


                        1. brekkie_fan Sep 28, 2006 04:58 AM

                          I stumbled upon this place when making dinner plans before a performance in Laguna. Who knew it would be soooo good?


                          It's not near, but it's authentic.

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                            nosh Sep 28, 2006 03:46 AM

                            Oh, how I miss Benita's Frites on the SM Promenade.

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                            1. re: nosh
                              jjbelsky Sep 28, 2006 03:48 AM

                              EVERYONE misses that place. But the Promenade now has the same stores as a thousand other foot malls in a thousand other American cities. I miss the gyros at Egyptian Lover that were in the same food court as Benita's.

                              1. re: jjbelsky
                                kevin Nov 17, 2011 02:53 PM

                                benita's fries.

                            2. David Kahn Sep 28, 2006 01:43 AM

                              Carter -- what's the scoop on this place? If they're not open yet, how did you get to try the fries? Have you tried other stuff, and if so, is it good?

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                              1. re: David Kahn
                                carter Sep 28, 2006 01:50 AM

                                Read my reply on the oinkster on another thread. The pastrami and the fries have been available at Max restaurant in Sherman Oaks, where I live, for about the past 2 months or so on Monday nights, while the fries have been available for nearly the past year with the filet mignon entree, which at under $30 is one of the best meals anywhere, assuming those items are of interest.
                                A mini version of the pastrami sandwich was available at the Savor the Seasons benefit at the Hollywood Palladium a couple of weeks ago as well.
                                Andre is one of the best chefs in southern California, and has had lengthy talks with Norm Langer, as just an example, regarding pastrami. That is how thorough he is in determining the way pastrami should be prepared, with modifications as only Andre might choose.

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                                carter Sep 28, 2006 12:28 AM

                                Well, if your definition of belgian fries requires the twice fried approach, the new Oinkster opening this weekend in Eagle Rock might provide you with one option, whether proximate to you I have no idea, but the fries are really tasty.
                                As to the sauces, Andre Guerrero is chef/owner of the Oinkster and will be providing all homemade dipping sauces, but these will be of the somewhat familiar flavors as in catsup and mayo, etc.

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                                  abbeyraish Sep 27, 2006 10:32 PM

                                  You could try Father's Office on Montana (in Santa Monica). I'm not sure if they have all of the traditional mayo options or if they only have one with which they serve them, but I've heard positive reviews from many.

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