This friterie has a name that could just as well be applied to the whole of the country: Fritland (or ‘land of fries’). The venue in the shadow of the Bourse is full of Belgian pride too, with tricolor flags decorating the windows and a logo on which Manneken Pis is holding the traditional paper cone, again in black, yellow, and red. Fritland has earned a reputation for serving one of the best mitraillettes in town ever since 1987 – they add baked onions and sometimes even tiny chili peppers for a little extra oomph. The popular friterie stays open late, until 1 a.m., during weekdays.
Fritland, Rue Henri Maus 49, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 514 06 27
A true blue fritkot without any frills, Fritkot Bompa is somewhat of a local secret tucked away in the Ixelles neighborhood. The ‘bompa’ – a loving Dutch title given to one’s grandfather – in its name already gives it away: this is an old-school place, dedicated to making frites and mitraillettes the authentic way. Though the venue is small and cozy, you’ll usually be able to find a spot among the many locals who have made Fritkot Bompa their go-to friterie.
Fritkot Bompa, Avenue de la Couronne 71, 1050 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 647 79 42
This one isn’t in Brussels but rather a 25-minute tram ride away, yet its reputation is so stellar that you might want to consider taking the trip. Frequently named as one of Belgium’s best friteries, the chef in the Braine-le-Comte railway station – the same guy since the place opened its doors in 1993 – treats his clientele to all sorts of special flourishes. He cuts his fries in front of his customers’ eyes, serves homemade cheese croquettes, and serves those who enjoy their meal at the friterie a complimentary cup of joe. But most importantly for this list, his mitraillettes are made with baguettes, specially baked by a renowned local baker.