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Where to get Belgian food?

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Lisa Bee Apr 9, 2001 05:15 PM

Can anyone recommend a spot for Belgian food in LA, preferably Hollywood-West LA-ish? (Funny that they were "all the rage" in NYC a year or two ago yet never caught on here.)

Thanks.

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    Lisa Bee Apr 9, 2001 08:28 PM

    I want to eat it. At a restaurant. In case I wasn't clear.

    Don't know much about Belgian food, honestly, other than what I've gleaned from a couple dinners out in NYC (I'm looking to build on this paltry body of knowledge). Here's the tip of the Belgian food iceberg: influenced by France and Germany, lots of salt water fish & shellfish, excellent sauces and stews, fries/frites...and great beers.

    According to Zagats, Benita's Frites was the only Belgian restaurant in town but I believe it's gone now.

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      John Z Apr 9, 2001 11:20 PM

      L'Hirondelle
      31631 Camino Capistrano
      San Juan Capistrano
      714/661-0425.

      Admittedly, a bit further away than you wanted.

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        Pepper Apr 10, 2001 03:54 AM

        Benita's Frites relocated to the Universal Citywalk, but other than the fries, there's nothing particularly Belgian about the place.

        There used to be an office-building Belgian in Santa Monica called Panache, but I'm pretty sure it's defunct.

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          Dylan Yolles Apr 11, 2001 03:37 PM

          Given the discussion of Benita's frites, I thought it fit to point out that a Belgian restaurant must at least serve a very good Carbonade Flamande (ie., Belgian beer based beef stew, like Beef Burgundy but with beer). A good one, made with proper meat stock, good quality stewing beef simmered long and slow, and the correct type of Belgian Trappist Ale, is difficult to find. In fact, I may never have had one.

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            Jim Leff Apr 11, 2001 04:35 PM

            FWIW, the ale should be Chimay Grande Reserve, Maredsous 8, Rochefort, or Rodenbach! Though there have been good versions made with lambic as well...

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