Maison Antoine, a family-owned friterie, was founded by Antoine Desmet and his wife in 1948. Two generations later, the Brussels venue near the European Parliament is still going strong and bursting with authentic character. You’ll recognize it easily, as the ‘maison’ is actually a large hexagonal kiosk in the middle of Jourdan Square, and its name burns bright red at dusk. While you’re waiting for your order – the popularity of this place makes sure there’s almost always a line – you’re welcome to stare at their quirky sculpture of a cone that has legs peeking out of it instead of fries. Once you’ve gotten a hold of your mitraillette, you can take it inside one of the square’s surrounding bars. The cafés that have signs with a blinking cartoon cone on them will allow you to pair your typical Belgian snack with a typical Belgian beer.
Maison Antoine, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 230 54 56