The Waffle Guy on the Grand'Place: Mmmm, gaufres...
You've no doubt heard of Belgian Waffles. But did you know that there are many different kinds of Belgian Waffles? 'Tis true! And for truly delicious gaufres a la liegeois, proceed to the little old man off the Grand'Place who peddles his hot waffles for a Euro apiece.
The secret to Liege-style waffles is the lumps of sugar baked inside. So you don't need syrup. Just bit into the hot, melt-in-your-mouth waffles and enjoy the lump of melty sugar that awaits you. Just decadent.
Le Piano: Mmmm, poulet...
As a university town, LLN is all about affordable yet tasty food. More importantly, as a Belgian university town, LLN is all about affordable yet really really tasty food with great beer. The Piano exemplifies that. A little hole in the wall local restaurant, the Piano specializes in hearty foods for college budgets.
Favorite Dish: Their quarter chicken is terrific. They complement it with a peppercorn sauce that will make you sing, and only charge 5 or 6 Euros or so for it. Brilliant.
Le Crousti: Mmmm, baguettes...
Nothing says lunch in LLN like the Crousti. With fresh-baked bread and tasty meats, the fine folks at the Crousti put together a wonderful baguette (think submarine sandwich, but better) for the low low price of 3 Euros. I'm a fan of salami with a little salt and pepper. So good, so very good.
Le Prof (among others): Mmmm, moules-frites...
There are several restaurants on the Grand'Rue (le Prof being the one that comes to mind first) which serve that most Belgian of dishes: moules-frites: mussels and fries.
Get a big pot of mussles steamed in a Provencal sauce or perhaps a white wine and garlic marinade. Either way, you're going to dance with joy, particularly since the beer you're drinking is a bit stronger than you're used to.
It's all good!
Le Petit Coup de Foudre (Fry Guy on the Grand'rue): Mmmm, frites...
Despite America's mistaken belief that Fries are French in origin, the beautifully sliced and fried potato has its roots in Belgium, and every city worth its salt has a friterie ready to serve the salty, crispy delicacies. LLN is no exception, and I devoured many a cornet (paper shaped into a horn and filled with golden fries).
In Belgium, fries are eaten with sauces. Traditionally, mayonnaise is the topping of choice. I find this deplorable, since mayonnaise is the devil's condiment. Fortunately, every friterie has numerous other sauces available: Sauce Andalouse, featuring lemon and tomato flavors, Sauce Curry, Sauce Americaine, with a cayenne pepper zing, and countless others. You'll never get bored.
Le Creperie Bretonne: Mmmm, crepes...
I have no proof that this creperie is actually "Breton." What I can tell you is that the crepes are flat yet moist and the infinite fillings most satisfying. If you want a savory crepe, they've got those: curry, cayenne, and other mouth-watering flavors. For sweet tastes, all sorts of fruit and creams are available. Plus, they have a monstrous selection of beer. Friggin' huge. Just be prepared for ornery service and long waits. It's worth it.
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