Brussels Street Eats: Maison Antoine

Maison Antoine fries up frites on Brussels’ street

Maison Antoine has been serving Belgium fries over over 60 years. (Photo: Nate Grey/CC4.0)

Sometimes the best food is not found in a restaurant or café but just outside — on the sidewalk, to be exact. The Daily Meal walks the streets to find the best street eats from food trucks, curbside stands, food markets, and, in this case, Maison Antoine’s kiosk, so you can have a carefully curated culinary experience.

What’s on the menu: While sandwiches and other savories are on the menu, the signature treat is a paper cone filled with freshly fried frites. The piping hot, crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, double-fried Belgium fries come with a choice of more than 25 sauces, from the ubiquitous ketchup to savory Provençale to spicy curry and pili-pili.

The menu at Maison Antoine features over 25 Belgium frite sauces. Photo: andynash/CC4.0

Who makes it: Antoine Desmet and his wife, who worked in the fairground profession but tired of their perpetual travels from fair to fair, decided to open the fry shop in 1948. Back then, the potatoes were peeled and cut by hand and only two sauces, mayonnaise and mustard, could be ordered. Today, the system has been mechanized, but the third generation of the Desmet family still creates arguably Brussels’ best frites daily.

Where you can get it: 1 Jourdan Place in Brussels. The stand is open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.