Chips, French fries, frites, whatever you call them– Belgium is renowned for ’em, and Ghent is no exception. In fact, the city is absolutely loaded with fry shops. One popular shop in particular, De Gouden Saté (The Golden Meatstick), opens its doors at 11 a.m. and closes at 7 a.m.! Surely this comes in handy for the locals after those frequent late nights of abundant drinking.
However, to get your fries fix while in Ghent (and you absolutely have to get a fix), I recommend Frituur Jozef at the Vrijdagmarkt. Jozef and his wife run this authentic little fries barracks, and they peel, cut, and bake their potatoes fresh– the old-fashioned way. Be sure to get your fries topped off with one of many available sauces, including ‘stoverijsause mee mayonaise,’ a Ghent speciality consisting of meat sauce made with beer, mixed with mayonnaise. Yes, it’s intense. Yes, it’s delicious.