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Pommes frites

I am currently in Belgium visiting Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, and Antwerp. I am attempting to find the pommes frites establishment featured in Rick’s PBS video on Belgium. Can anyone direct me to the proper location? Thank you!

Joe Ferreira

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Are you are talking about the segment where the guy explains the process and says the fries are speaking to them?

If so then the video shows the main square in Bruges, the shot seems to show people buying from a stand. The sequence however is shot in a full kitchen, not a stand. The sequence never shows a sign or mentions the place, I do not believe the name of the guy cooking is even mentioned. The clip is from maybe 2004...so lot's has changed.

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1524 posts

This place is in Brussels but it's really popular. The lines are ridiculously long. The stand is called Frit Flagey on the main square.

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492 posts

Season 3, Episode 7, I'm guessing!

As Paul mentioned, the initial, exterior shot shows people buying from a stand right in front of the Belfry in Bruges' Market Square. The interior segment showing the actual cooking is in a kitchen, though. Credits often mention specific places in the "Special Thanks" portion but I don't see any mention of the frites place there.

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We had frites in more than one location in Belgium and the Netherlands, including the kiosk that is a school bus in front of Keukehhof gardens. They were all wonderful; I think the secret is the mayonnaise that is served with the frites - nothing like we find in the US
Enjoy!

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Thank you all for the help. Our conference moves to Bruges this weekend, so, I will BOLO the frites stand in the market square. RJean, actually had the basic frites w/mayonnaise at the Belgian Frites establishment you provided the link for (https://www.belgianfrites.be/en). Thank you!

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You can always ask a local about their favorite “frietkot” or “frituur” in the neighbourhood.

A lot of info about frites in Belgium: http://www.navefri.be/

If you still have to visit Ghent “De Frietketel” in Papegaaistraat has an excellent reputation.

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Thank you, Wil, for the recommendation, especially for Ghent. I look forward to tracking them down!

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We just got back from Belgium. The friets really are amazing! In Ghent, we followed Rick's Ghent City Walk and stopped on the way at the little Frituur Josef fry wagon in Vrijdagmarkt square (recommended in RS guide). The cooked to order friets were exceptional! My husband and I shared a medium size and it was huge! Piping hot, fresh friets with mayonnaise. Yum!

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I see the term pommes frites used with Brugge and Gent. Both are Flemish speaking areas (Brussels is primarlily French) and pommes frite is French. In Flemish it is Friet. The potato is understood.

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Thanks, Nigel, for pointing out the correct word! Good to know! (I corrected my post)