Where to find Belgian Frites in Los Angeles?
Where can I get Belgian-style french fries here in the LA area?
Preferably on the Westside.
The archives discuss a mythical place on the 3rd street promenade in Santa Monica called Bonita's Fries -- that has now unfortunately been closed for more than five years.
This may sound strange, but Bravo Pizzeria on Main Street in Santa Monica makes twice-cooked, golden, crispy belgian frites which are served with your choice of several pretty good aiolis and dressings. I've had the real deal in Belgium (paper cone, slathered in sauce, eaten with a tiny pitchfork), and these are a very close approximation (minus the cone, end of batch sogginess and funny plastic cutlery).
What's more, they can be subbed at no charge for the green salad served alongside the meatball sub.
Speaking of the meatball sub at Bravo...this is a really, really good sandwich. The meatballs are a secret blend of veal/pork/beef, plus spices, and they're served in a nice marinara sauce.
While you're there, skip the salads, and don't be sucked in by the amazing LOOKING cannoli covered in chocolate and stuffed to order w. pistachio laden cheese filling. They look better than they are (though they're not BAD by any stretch). Maybe I'm not meant to like cannoli.
I have no idea why an italian joint like this serves fries, but they are definitely not an afterthought. It's as if the chef there used to work somewhere where fries were really important and imported the technique to his new gig.
Funny--first place that came to mind "not" to go to was Oinkster. My first and only experience with their fries, were they were basically limp and expensive for what they were supposed to be.