I have been patronizing the Chicago French Market for years, yet just recently learned about Frietkoten. This quaint little Belgian bar tucked inside the market had me reminiscing about drinking a 12 (quadruple by Westvleteren) at Au Bon Vieux Temps in Brussels.
HOW TO ORDER
I arrived upon opening to beat the lunch crowd. The staff was pleasant, helpful, and indulged my photography and numerous questions. Note that the food is ordered and paid for on the "food side" and beer/wine is ordered and paid for at the bar.
The frites come in two sizes - Groot (grand) and Klein (petit). While I can eat a Groot on any given day, I chose Klein. They were perfectly salted, crisp, and delish. Oodles of sauces are at hand; however, I prefer my frites naked. I paired them with a Belgian Abbey Brown Ale from St. Bernardus.
Frietkoten offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30. Canned and bottled beer is available for $4, along with wine for $5. What a deal!
VENDORS I LIKE AT THE MARKET
The Chicago French Market is a bustling, interesting place to explore with 30+ vendors to choose from. It’s like food traveling around the world under one roof. A favorite is Saigon Sisters because their banh mi sandwiches are heavenly. I also love the tasty soul food at Vegan Now. There's even a market with lots of fresh produce.
The next time you're looking for a place to dine or imbibe, check out Frietkoten and the Chicago French Market.