on May 30, 2006
If you ask anyone where the best frites in Brussels are made, chance is you will get at Maison Antoine for an answer. This fritkot is an institution since 1948. They are preparing the fries following the golden rules (see my tip about fries in Belgium), and are mentioned almost in the same breath as Michelin stars restaurants in any guides worth mentioning although...to me, they didn't seem as good as I remembered, but they are still top fries! On cute Place Jourdan, somewhere between the Berlaymont and Parc Leopold, out of the center, it's really worth the trip there. Maison Antoine is usually busy at all times and because it takes a little time to prepare good fries, you will have to wait a little bit. Those are not your fast-food's shoestrings! Since Maison Antoine is a fritkot (a snack stand), you won't be able to sit there to eat these golden and deliciously crispy slices of potatoes. If the weather is nice, benches are available but, the snack has an agreement with one of the bar on Place Jourdan: L'espérance - Chez Bernard. If you buy something to drink (remember, beer is cheaper than water), you can bring in your fries cone. To me, it's a must do when going to Maison Antoine. There's nothing fancy in this bar. It's old-fashioned, cozy and the staff is really, really friendly so, it should not be missed! With a group of friends, you'll usually notice that you've easily spent more time than anticipated. One tip worth mentioning, Maison Antoine being very close to the Museum of Natural Sciences (where the famous Iguanodons skeletons are exhibited), it's really a nice place to take the kids after a visit to the Museum (one of the kids favourite in Brussels).
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