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Frites

Freedom fries, chips, or frites – whichever name you prefer to use – they're Belgian! And we take this responsibility very seriously. Made with Belgian Bintje potatoes, cooked twice and served in a paper cone with a side of mayonnaise, these Belgian treats embody potato perfection. A favorite place to sample our fries are at frietkots or fritures, which are outdoor vendors who sell – you guessed it – Belgian fries. There are more than 4000 frietkots throughout Belgium and many carry a selection of over 50 dipping sauces to choose from. One of the most visited frietkots in Brussels is a local favorite, Antoine's, a landmark stand on the Place Jourdan. Whether enjoyed at a three star Michelin restaurant or right off the street, this Belgian specialty is not to be missed. To make Belgian fries at home check out our recipe page.

What's in a Name?

Belgian Fries are part of Belgian culinary and cultural heritage. Even if they are sometimes refereed to as French Fries there is nothing French about them. Apparently the name originated due to a linguistic misunderstanding, because in old English ‘to French' meant ‘cut into sticks'. According to the Belgian historian Jo Gerard, chips appeared on the dining tables in Namur, French speaking Ardennes and Dinant in the latter half of the 17th century. Poorer inhabitants in these towns used to fry tiny fish. When the river froze in the winter the fish were replaced by sticks of potatoes cut to the same small size of the fish.

Famous Friteries in Brussels
Chez Antoine - Place Jourdan, 1040 Etterbeek
Clementine - Place Saint Job, 1180 Uccle
Frit Flagey - Place Flagey (Cote rue Gray), 1050 Ixelles
Friterie de L'Avenue du Parc - Avenue du Parc (Pres de la Barriere) - 1060 Saint-Gilles
Fritkot de la Place de la Chapelle - Place de la Chapelle, 1000 Bruxelles

 

French Fry Links
Belgapom

Information on the Belgian potato trade and processing industry.

Belgian Fries

A site with information on history, frietkoten, recipes and more.

Fries.be

Keep posted on all fry-related events.

Frites.be

All things french fry including jokes and recipes.

More Information

On fries, frietkoten, detailed explanation of making fries the Belgian way!

Pomme Frites

A traditional Belgian frietkot in NYC!