The mitraillette – the sandwich jam-packed with meat and fries and named after a submachine gun is surely one of Belgium’s oddest foodie creations. This baguette of greasy goodness is ubiquitous in Brussels, which is why The Culture Trip has found you five great places that each serve the specialty in their own original way.
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.