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Cafe Georgette: French Fries in Brussels

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June 12, 2016 / Belgian / By
Anna

Our first afternoon in Bruxelles (Brussels) and we were keen to find out what the place had to offer. We had actually come for a concert but had a few days to explore the place. We knew there was a popular food and bar area, Îlot Sacré, near to our hotel as well as the Grote Markt or the Grand Place - Belgium is a bilingual country - which adjoins it.

As it turned out, there were so many bars and restaurants that we were unable to make a choice. We wandered into the Delirium Bar; the Tall Guy and I have had a brush with the very strong Belgian beer called Delirium Tremens in days gone by, but the bar was not for us. We were pursued on all sides by touts offering us the best meals in their attractive cafes that jostled together down a narrow street. But still we could not decide.

Then we saw the Georgette Cafe. I am a little ashamed to admit that we did not even go into the restaurant, nor did we look at the menu. Our attention was caught by the friendly fellow dispensing cones of frites - French fries, except we were in Brussels. Now I won't try and kid you - haute cuisine, this was not. It any other part of the world, this would be junk food: fries, chips, call 'em what you will! But they looked delicious and there was a generous selection of sauces to accompany them.

We ordered two large cones and one each of aioli and plain mayonnaise and settled down at the bar opposite, Roosters, to people watch. And, oh yes, to consume the frites and a round or two of Leffe beer - still quite strong, but rather safer than the Delerium Tremens.

So, as well as serving great take-away food, Cafe Georgette is perfectly placed on a cross roads for the purpose of people watching.

During the time we sat there enjoying the frites and beer, tourists, locals, beggars and a man who seemed set on doing a bit of ironing drifted by.

All the while, the cafe did a great business in frites.

We had been well primed for this frites attack (a.k.a. Belgian Mac Attack), as a Belgian friend whom we had met and worked with years ago in Japan had told us that this was the food he longed for most from his home and was the first thing he ate when he returned. In fact, at the airport there was a mobile food bar selling frites as its main attraction, so really all roads led to the frites bar on that first day. But other delights awaited us. 

If you should find yourself in the vicinity of Café Georgette in Brussels, right next door there is a fabulous cheese shop which we could not walk past. Armed with a couple of purchases, we sallied forth to our hotel to partake of the fermented curd, but when we returned a day or so later to buy more, the shop was, Monty Python style, totally bereft of cheese. Shut on Mondays. Quelle dommage!

Cafe Georgette

Country: Belgium

Province/State: N/A

City: Bruxelles

Address: Rue de la Fouche 37

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: +32 2 512 1812

Website:Cafegeorgette.be...

Price Guide:$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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