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Apr 13, 2013 09:57 AM

Belgian food in Boston??

So, I wonder if anything has changed since I last visited and wanted to finda spot with great Belgian fare and a great Belgian beer list?

Why the gap in Boston?

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean by "Why the gap in Boston?" I know that good Belgian beer lists are a thing, and there are a number of bars around town that have solid lists, but are Belgian restaurants really that common in most North American cities? It's not like there's a big Belgian expat community here.

      In any case, I'm pretty sure nothing has changed since your last visit - there's Saus and The Publick House.

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      1. re: Allstonian

        Interesting question- I know that DC has a number of Belgian restaurants that (on the board there) get compared, with much vigour, for their frites and mussels, so it seems that, if not prominent, there's at least a critical mass. I don't know how that compares to other major cities (or, to Boston, for that matter).

        1. re: Allstonian

          well - I dont know if abig expat community is a precursor - having said that - many large cities do have Belgian bistro's - Boston is just not that into it I suppose

          1. re: few

            We have a dearth of ethnic and international cuisine variety compared to other, larger cities. Boston is not as big or cosmopolitan as it would like the rest of the country (NYC in particular) to think.

            1. re: greygarious

              I don't think there are that many gaping holes. Belgian had a moment with the Pommes Frites mini-chain, but it didn't stick. Boston has some other soft spots: Jewish deli, diners, regional Mexican, Austrian, German (though Bronwyn will help), Czech, izakayas, Indonesian, Laotian (unless you count the city of Lowell 30 miles away), Scandinavian, soul food, slow-smoke barbecue, many African cuisines, and so on. We lack world-class high-end dining; our best-regarded luxury restaurants might rate a single Michelin star. Nobody has gone all-in on modernist cuisine, though there's some molecular dabbling here and there.

              Not bad for our size, I'd say.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Speaking of Jewish delis... has anyone heard anything on the project from the Hungry Mother folks?

        2. i have been to a couple of Belgian restaurants in chicago but none in Boston so I think there is a gap that may be due to size; Boston does not compare with much larger cities in variety.

          I think that the old Puritan tradition of not enjoying ourselves also lingers

          1. I frequented a Belgian spot in Philly for many years named Cuvée Notre Dame. Extensive Belgian beer list but much of the food was French bistro (i.e. duck confit, steak frites, coq au vin, etc). There must be several French bistros in Boston w/ solid Belgian draft and bottle selections.