When you pick a destination on the fly, and know little about it, you need to grab tips from wherever you can. Today, we got some help from two young men.
The first was Diego, who was an information representative for the European Union. Besides giving us detailed information about the massive EU complex, he spoke of his travels around Europe and to South America.
As we were leaving, he said if I may make a suggestion. You call them French fries, and we call them Belgian Fries. But I suggest you go to Place Jourdan on your way to the EU parliament and find Maison Antoine. We asked where it was, and he said look for the lines.
That’s what we did. We found a little takeout spot in the center of the square with three windows and heaping piles of fries (frites) that were cooked once, waiting for the final cooking to make the fries crispy on the outside and hot. So, it is not a speedy process. One line had numerous men in similar suits, obviously from the EU offices.
Since 1948, this small place has produced what the New York Times has called the “best french fry in the world.” They offer about 15 “sauces”, including ketchup, but the default is a big heaping portion of mayonnaise.
They reportedly still fry the thick cut potatoes in beef tallow, which may not be healthy but certainly adds to the flavor.
While there, we were asked by a young man named Martin to take his photo. He is from Prague and knew all about Arnold Schwarzenegger visiting his city last week. He gave us a few tourist tips and explained that he worked for Prague City Hall and was there on a learning tour with EU Finance officials.