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You have one meal in Brussels...

Where would you eat?

I'll be there for a day, less than a day really, and we'll be having lunch. Somewhere at/near restaurant row/Grand Palace. Prefer traditional Belgium cuisine.

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Roy d'Espagnne. Right on the Grand Place, authentic cuisine of good quality, and an extensive collection of Belgian beers.
That is my "go to" spot every time I arrive in Brussels. Once I am sitting there with a beer in my hand admiring the beautiful view, that's when my vacation really begins.

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If the day is not nice, I'd head to Galeries Saint-Hubert. There are a number of restaurants in there. No recommendations on a specific place as I'm vegan, lol....

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Thanks Pam and Linda! Kathleen, there's no chance I won't be overindulging!

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I'd go anywhere that served mussels and fries (which I assume is almost anywhere)! But, that's just me ;-)

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Nope. Not just you. Mussels and fries (with mayo) and a local Belgian beer. Just about any restaurant in the area around the Grande Place will do.

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Good point about the Galeries St. Hubert if the weather is rainy, Pam. Tavern du Passage is a reputable choice there.

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Yes, I think mussels in Brussels is the way to go. I'm only going to be there a few hours, might as well go all out touristy.

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If you want something better than Le Roy d'Espagne, try Aux Armes de Bruxelles or Vincent. There are a lot of very dodgy restaurants around there.

Similarly there are some dodgy chocolate places in the area - only buy chocolate from branches of the better chains: Neuhaus, Corne Port-Royal, or Galler.

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Honestly, the best thing that I ate in Brussels may have been the chicken schwarma sandwich from a place called Sultans of Kebap, located on Anspach not far from the Grand Place. I went back the next day I liked it so much.

If you want something more traditionally Belgian, I enjoyed the two Art Nouveau cafes, Le Cirio and Falstaff. Both have beautiful interiors, though I thought Falstaff was a bit more impressive, while I liked my food more at Le Cirio. I'm not a fan of seafood, so no mussels for me, but I did enjoy a traditional Flemish dish called waterzooi.

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Agree with CJean. I did that on a solo tour in 2018 in Grand Place. Also recommend doing one of the chocolate tours, really fun!

Thai/Chinese: Lotus Vert (Centre), Hau Wang (Centre), Neuf-Neuf Dragon (Evere), Van Kim (Molenbeek) Indian: Le feu de Bengale (Centre) Meat: Colonel (pricey but extremely yummy) (Louise) Japanese: Kabuki (Centre), Makisu (Centre, Janson & Bailly) has great “fast & Cheap” sushis, but it’s not at all real Japanese cuisine, Anata (Centre) Belgian Cuisine: Le clan des belges (Matonge), Amadeus/Mozart (Centre) Burgers: Manhattan’s (Centre, Louise), Rambo (Chatelain), Smashed Burgers (Centre, only available for delivery) Italian: Ricotta & Parmesan (Centre)

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We had really good meals at Le Marmiton (by the galleries) and Fin de Siecle (more of a walk, more hipster type place with a very interesting menu). Both Belgian food.

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We were being entertained in Brussels and were taken to Le Cygne ( The Swan) on the Grand Place. Excellent.