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  • Moules et frites (September 2013)
    Moules et frites (September 2013)
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  • I didn't eat THAT many mussels! (September 2013)
    I didn't eat THAT many mussels!...
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    All over Lille!: More street food

    by Dabs Updated Sep 17, 2013

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    In addition to our stop for moules et frites, we also tried some of the food being prepared by the street vendors and it turned out to be some of the best food we ate on this trip.

    First, we tried a chicken kebab, a bargain at 4E for a pita stuffed full of chicken, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and your choice of sauce. It was delicious!

    Then we found a crepe stand that had both bananas and nutella, we saw quite a few burning their crepes, but this one was perfect. Lots of vendors seem to come out for the Braderie without seeming to do it on a regular basis, wait until you see them make something for someone before ordering. Also have a peek to make sure they are preparing things somewhat hygienically as there doesn't seem to be any regulation.

    That was it for us but there were plenty of other options, waffles, cotton candy, churros and frites to name a few. You will not go hungry here!

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    All over Lille!: Moules et frites

    by Dabs Updated Sep 17, 2013

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    One of the traditions of La Braderie is eating moules et frites (mussels and french fries), on our most recent trip in September 2013 we saw a long line at the Brasserie du Zoo and they were offering moules a la crème so I picked to eat here. Plus it's the only spot that seems to be allowed to accumulate a pile of mussel shells, the attached photo was from many years ago when all of the restaurants competed to see who could get the largest pile but I'm guessing they stopped that in the quest for a little cleanliness.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the mussels with cream sauce, you get a huge pot and an empty bowl to put the shells in, I think the way you are supposed to eat them is to take one of the shells and use it to pluck the mussels out of the other shells. It also came with an enormous pile of frites, I think it was 12€.

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    General Tip: What's The Local Speciality?

    by johngayton Written Oct 31, 2012

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    That's the question I asked and the answer I got was "Frites"!! This is of course Flanders which is more influenced by Belgian cuisine than French and whilst the French try to claim Fries as their invention this is hotly contested by the Belgians. In fact one Belgian journalist, Jo Gérard, claims to have a family manuscript dated 1781 which refers to frites being made in 1680 - about 50 years before the introduction of the potato to Europe!!

    Wandering around you'll notice quite a few of these Frites wagons and especially note the use of the side panel as a rain-proof roof ;-)

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    Les Trois Brasseurs: Only Had A Coffee This Time Round

    by johngayton Written Oct 17, 2012

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    I didn't get a chance to eat here on this trip but I know the chain quite well from my travels in Canada and the set-up here in France, where the chain originated, seems to be the same.

    These are bright and buzzy brew-pubs with a bistro-style menu which is printed in glorious technicolour in the form of a tabloid newspaper, appropriately entitled - "La Gazette". There's pretty much something for everyone and the house speciality is a dish called "Les Flammekueches" which are a sort of a cross between a pizza and a crepe - a thin, crispy dough with a choice of pizza-style toppings.

    The standard beers come in four styles; white beer, blond, amber and dark brown, all with their own characteristic flavours and different alcoholic strengths. In addition to the tap beers they have seasonal specials and a selection of bottled ones too.

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    Au Gout du Jour: Traditional French cooking in centre of Lille

    by Iteris Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This was a pleasant restaurant my friend and i decided on trying out on our first night in Lille. We wanted to avoid the 'tourist trap' restaurants around the main square and this one looked fine from the outside. It does a few types of 3 course set menus from about 9.50 Euros.

    * It has it's own website (in French) so have a further look at that.

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    L'Huitiere: Lille's Best Restaurant

    by Chiliweenie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    À L’Huîtrière has had one Michelin star for decades. But, on the evidence of my meal, it deserves two. Everything about this place shouts quality. Its surroundings, the pretty streets of the old town, are delightful. Its front building, a 1920s confection of Art Deco and ceramic tiles decorated with fishy themes, is a delight.

    I stepped inside. Immediately, I had the sense of gastronomy in the grand French tradition. Riedel (yes, I know they are Austrian) glasses, Limoges porcelain and Christofle cutlery adorned the tablecloths of pale lemon. Waiters in black tie moved purposefully around the light, oak-panelled rooms.

    All was set fair for some really fine food. I caught sight of a plate of pink lamb as it was delivered to the next table. I was tempted. But no. I decided it would be the height of folly to play the carnivore in this Shrine to the Fish. So I was faithful to the call of the sea, and did not regret my fidelity. As I sipped a glass of rosé champagne and tasted the amuse-gueule – a tiny pot of tomato mousse and caviar – I surveyed the options. Oysters, crawfish, crayfish, lobsters, eels, langoustines, cod, monkfish, John Dory, red mullet, sea bass… but in the end I settled for scallops and turbot.

    Sprinkled with black truffles and then wrapped in green cabbage, and sitting in a butter sauce with more slices of truffle, the scallops were tender and delicious. The freshness and hint of bitterness in the cabbage provided the ideal foil to the surrounding richness, and the combination of colours – green, white, yellow and black – was a treat for the eye. Then came the turbot, in a crisp and golden potato crust, with another butter sauce – this time with mushrooms and more of the divine truffles. The plate was too hot, but this tiny failing was easily forgiven, for this dish was superb – the firm, succulent fish partnered to perfection by the crunchy potato. Wonderful. Now, surely, the pudding could not live up to this standard. But it did.

    Favorite Dish: With pancakes, oranges, butter, sugar lumps, cognac, Grand Marnier and a flaming pan, Monsieur Vandenbossche created by the table the best crêpes Suzette ever to enter my mouth. (And, believe me, I have eaten many, many crêpes Suzette.) Here was the epitome of pure, unalloyed self-indulgence. Each spoonful was a thrill and a joy. (I judged the 93 euros for these three marvellous courses a bargain.)

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    Quick Restaurant: It’s certainly fast

    by grayfo Written Sep 21, 2010

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    The Quick restaurant chain is Belgium-based and is popular in Europe, it is the French/Belgian answer to the McDonald’s fast food invasion. The first Quick opened its doors in France in 1980, this was around the time when the French minister of Cultural affairs Jack Lang made his stand against the Americanisation of French culture. Quick offers low-priced hamburgers, French fries and other standard fast-food fare.

    11:00 am to 10:00 pm

    June 2010

    Favorite Dish: Chicken Dips avec frites

    Diet Pepsi

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    Buffalo Grill: Wild West a la France

    by grayfo Written Sep 20, 2010

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    The restaurant's theme is influenced by the "Wild West" era of the last century and is easily recognisable by its red roof, white panelling and the old saloon style. Buffalo Grills can be found throughout France and I have yet to find a bad one.

    Sunday to Saturday: 11.00 am to 11.00 pm

    June 2010

    Favorite Dish: Entrecote Classic – EUR 14.80

    Profiterol – EUR 5.90

    Diet Pepsi – EUR 3.00

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    Chez Willi (Côte à Côte): Steak and frites

    by grayfo Updated Sep 20, 2010

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    The Chez Willy is a steak house that was once part of the Côte à Côte Hotel and Restaurant chain. Do not let this put you off the service and quality were excellent, we first came here in 2002 and returned this year and ordered the same main courses.

    June 2010

    Favorite Dish: Steak and chips

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    Hippopotamaus: Chain Steak House - A Must in any French City

    by Getcarlos Written Apr 11, 2010

    Great choice of meats and sides, the deal here is you chose a starter and a main with any amount of sides such as fries, potatoes, salad, rice etc and sauces for 16 Euros. Great for filling your boots after a day of sightseeing.

    Also give the potato chips a try on the bar, very Moorish.

    Favorite Dish: Would reccomend the grilled chicken with cheese sauce (only for the cheese fans) or the mighty Hippo Burger... with barbecue sause. All sides are good portions and you can order more if you are not satisfied.

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    Le Cercle: not recommended

    by Fionafrank Written Nov 22, 2009

    Local specialities. We didn't like ANY of them. We're sorry about this, we thought that maybe if we had had steaks they would have been fine - there seemed to be other people quite happily eating the steaks - but we had the local specialities and they were very unmemorable. We were squashed in the window, even though they had a nice roomy table for five at the back - presumably so people would think there were lots of people in that night.

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    Café de Palais des Beaux Arts: Very good value!

    by hawkhead Updated May 6, 2009

    A local cafe very near to the Palais des Beaux Arts. Small and very friendly, very local, no tourists.

    Favorite Dish: The special of the day. A huge helping! Very reasonably priced wines by the glass - good selection.

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    Au Quai de Wault: Worth walking to!

    by hawkhead Updated May 6, 2009

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    Off the beaten tourist track, on the Quai de Wault. A small estaminet with tables outside on the quai. Very local, not a tourist in sight. Extremely friendly and helpful. A typical estaminet with lots of rustic paraphanalia and no frills.

    Favorite Dish: I had a "selection plate" of the local specialities - delicious and filling.

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    Le Bistrot Lillois: A good second-best!

    by hawkhead Updated May 6, 2009

    We had already been to 'T Rijsel and couldn't get it to Chez La Vieille (also on the same street, about three doors up). This restaurant has more of a clinical atmosphere compared to the other two. However, the food was good, just not outstanding. I think if we hadn't already been to 'T Rijsel, then we would have been more impressed.

    Favorite Dish: I had pork loin in jus and my husband had carbonade. Again, good but again, the presentation was slightly clinical, not rustic. However, the beer tart was outstanding!

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    Estaminet 'T Rijsel: Typical Flanders Restaurant

    by hawkhead Written May 6, 2009

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    This restaurant serves Flanders cuisine and regional beers. It is a small place and the tables are cosily together, with the two very busy but friendly and efficient waitresses weaving and squeezing between! The kitchen is downstairs and in the course of an evening they must go up and down thousands of times. However, you never feel as though your neighbour is imposing. The atmosphere is very welcoming and there are lots of rustic artifacts decorating the place. The food is hearty and rustic and good solid portions. No frills. We were there in the evening but they open for lunch and for €11 serve "le déjeuner Flamand (entree, main course and dessert) from Tuesdays - Fridays. For evening meals, it is HiGHLY recommended that you book in advance. Or, if you are intending to go, arrive before 19.30. Not suitable for young children.

    Favorite Dish: Carbonade - absolutely delicious and tender.
    Lapin aux prunneux - equally as good!
    Try the ice cream - the lavender is wonderful, as is the rose flavour!

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