In Oostend you can acquire all of the culinary delights that Belgium has to offer and the prices are less expensive than in one of the larger cities. Since Oostend is a port town that becomes a summer resort area expect prices to rise in High Season. You really can't get more off-season than February on the Coast of Belgium. A great time to try the waffles. A wide selection of crepes are usually available as wel, but go for the Waffles. Much better than the States. Also, try the traditional meal of steamed Mussels, pommes frites and a glass of beer. Most resteraunts have this meal at a set price on a Tourist Menu. Shop around for the best price, since quality seldom varies. Unless you have a gigantic appetite, one pot of mussels will serve two. Also, don't forget to check out the chocolate. Seashell Pralines make a good souvenir. Cote d´Or is a good name in Belgian chocolate, but I prefer Galler.