Amsterdam Frites in the D. C. Area?
I just returned from Amsterdam on business. While there I stopped at Vleminckx ( http://search.aol.com/aol/image?s_it=... frites&icid=snap-pic&flv=1 ) which is considered by most to have the best "frites" in Amsterdam. These are not Belgian frites but rather unique Flemish frites. The double fried fresh potatoes (in vegetable oil) are served in a paper cone and topped with a huge "gob" of mayonnaise and either sate (peanut) sauce or curry sauce. On top of this are several spoonfuls of minced onion. The little stand which dates to 1887 has incredible fries which, with either of the toppings, have a truly unique taste. The frites themselves, even topped with ketchup or malt vinegar, are outstanding.
Is there any place in the D. C. area that does anything like this? No, not Central nor Beck's nor Thresher's in Ocean City or Boardwalk Fries but authentic Flemish frites? I don't expect them to be as good as Vleminckx but if there is someplace that even comes close for this unique "taste" it would be worth seeking out.
Hi Joe, besides the topping of minced onions and sauces you mentioned, the frites you're describing sound exactly the same as what I used to eat regularly when I was living in Belgium. I lived in the Flemish part of Belgium (Ghent) with a Flemish guy who made them for me all the time, double frying them in peanut or vegetable oil and serving them with freshly made mayonnaise. Since coming back to the States, with the exception of Belgian friends who've made them at home I haven't found any restaurant versions to be that great. Belga Cafe's frites are good, but not consistently so or really exactly like what I was used to. Mannequin Pis in Olney, which I haven't been to in years, used to have very good frites.
Don't know if this helps. My advice would be to make 'em yourself, but I know that's easier said than done. Cheers.
P.S. Re: Vlaamse frieten (Flemish fries), this thread is interesting: