Best waffles and frites in Waterloo

Old Apr 1st, 2014, 05:03 AM
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Best waffles and frites in Waterloo

As the title suggests, I will be in Belgium and I wanting to know a good place for waffles and fries in Waterloo. It does not have to be the same place.

Waterloo.

Not Brussles. Not Bruges. Not Liege. Not Antwerp. Waterloo.

Well, I might consider Brussels since it's close but I would really, REALLY prefer Waterloo + 5km.

Let's see what you got.
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Old Apr 1st, 2014, 05:50 AM
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So...are Genval, La Hulpe and Rixensart acceptable alternatives to Waterloo? What about Fort Jaco or St. Job?
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Old Apr 1st, 2014, 06:10 AM
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As I said, I'd like to keep it within 5km. If that's not feasible then I'll head out further, perhaps out into Brussels.
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Old Apr 1st, 2014, 07:27 AM
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I spent a year in Waterloo one day. Not to be utterly facetious, I took the proper bus from Brussels (but there is a train that's half the time of the bus ride)..told my wife I'd be back in a few hours...From where the bus stopped in Braine, had to take a cab ride to get to the fields..took in the battlefield and it's pyramid-like Butte di Lion and meandered about...I took a taxi back to the bus stop, but it was a Sunday bus schedule and there wasn't any transportation back into Brussels for nearly two hours. Those were the pre-cell-phone days....so poor wife had to cool her heels waiting for the man who never showed up..until much later than planned.

Must admit, being a student of Euro history mainly for my writing pursuits, I enjoyed just being at the Waterloo fields (caught a glimpse of Marshal Ney on horseback,who loked pretty good for his age).

In the town of Braine I did find a little cafe across from the Brussels bus stop that offered very tasty waffles and fries...but I don't recall the name. Be sure to check any bus or train schedules in the vicinity closer than I did...(the bus ride was quite scenic, going through villages and forests with upscale country homes along the way).
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Old Apr 1st, 2014, 07:32 AM
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Thanks for the information, tower. I will look for that cafe.

We're only going to be in Waterloo long enough to see the battlefield and Butte di Lion and the next morning we will be headed back to Germany.
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Old Apr 1st, 2014, 11:44 AM
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"a good place for waffles and fries"

What would constitute a 'good place'?

What kind of waffles? ie. Brussels waffles, Liege waffles, or stroopwafel?

Fries with or without mayonnaise? If with mayonnaise, homemade or do you prefer Calve or Remia brand?
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Old Apr 1st, 2014, 12:40 PM
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What would constitute a 'good place'?

A place that one would recommend because of a tasty meal.


What kind of waffles? ie. Brussels waffles, Liege waffles, or stroopwafel?

Brussels for me, Liege for Mrs. Sparkchaser.


Fries with or without mayonnaise? If with mayonnaise, homemade or do you prefer Calve or Remia brand?

I like mine plain and the missus kinda randomly picks.


Sounds like you have a multitude of suggestions based on the questions. I had no idea there were so many choices in the Waterloo area. Lay 'em on me -- my body is ready!

If it helps, you can suggest both a waffle place and a frites place.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 09:37 AM
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Waffles and fries are basically what I would call street food and fast food. Neither is haute cuisine.

If I am in Belgium and want a waffle what I do is simply look for the street vendor with the longest line at lunch time.

Or you can go to a restaurant and they'll dress them up for more money and put them on a plate. A question of authentic or tourist money maker.

'Guafres' (waffles) are for eating on the street.

For fries, look for the busiest 'friterie'. Again, this is fast food, not fine dining. What you should try is a 'mitraillette'.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=mitra...w=1280&bih=687

If that doesn't appeal, then forget the whole thing and go for a nice lunch in the Emperor's Bivouac. They probably have waffles and fries if anyone just has to have them.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 09:57 AM
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gaufres, not guafres
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 10:40 AM
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No offense, dulciusexasperis but you didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. I am looking for specific places to go, as in places that a Fodorite has been and would recommend to fellow travelers as tower was kind enough to do.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 11:07 AM
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Well, if you are willing to travel over to La Hulpe (an easy drive from Waterloo and a charming small town), the bistro at the Folon Fondation on the grounds of the Chateau de la Hulpe has good waffles (and crepes). They're pretty easy to do, you should be able to find them almost anywhere and there won't (or shouldn't be) a huge difference in quality.
http://www.fondationfolon.be/

For frites, aside from any friterie with a line, we always liked the frites at Canterbury's in Ixelles. They have waffles as well.
http://lecanterbury.be/menu/
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 11:30 AM
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WeisserTee, vielen Dank!
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 11:41 AM
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Closer to Waterloo, in fact on the Chaussee de Waterloo, a straight shot down from Waterloo, is Jacos in Uccle. We used to go there all the time. It's a neighbourhood joint. They had good frites and gaufres when we were there last, but it's been a while, so don't know if they still do.
http://sites.resto.com/jacos/
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 11:42 AM
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Are not stroopwafels a Dutch speciality?
If you want a restaurant try this.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-bi...83526835051075 There is no website so it seems.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 11:46 AM
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and "Vielen Dank" is German, not Dutch/Flemish. Try "hartelijk bedankt"
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 11:58 AM
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but the OP lives on Germany....so I'd let that slide
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 12:02 PM
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WeisserTee, you rock! If we ever cross paths, beers are on me.

ribeirasacra, WeisserTee lives in Switzerland and has a German moniker; therefore, my thanks were in German. Problem?


Are not stroopwafels a Dutch speciality?

I dunno -- you're the one that mentioned stroopwafels, not me. I am not interested in eating them. If I were interested, I could get them at the Rewe or Edeka in my town.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 12:04 PM
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Dammit. I am sorry, ribeirasacra. I confused you with dulciusexasperis.

Ignore me

This joint needs an edit function!
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Old Apr 2nd, 2014, 01:51 PM
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Stroopwafels can be found in the Netherlands AND in Belgium but yes they originated in the Netherlands.

Besides, Brussels, Liege and stroopwafels there are many other local recipes.

http://www.gaufresbelges.com/
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Stroopwafels can be found in the Netherlands AND in Belgium but yes they originated in the Netherlands.

Besides, Brussels, Liege and stroopwafels there are many other local recipes.

http://www.gaufresbelges.com/
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