For a city with such a rich ethnic influence as Chicago, it’s great to see that the city has a market where creativity and unique types of food are flourishing.
Unlike what you might see at the local market in your city - the Chicago French Market is more like an upscale food court, or what is also becoming known more frequently as a food hall. Vendors and restaurants have counters preparing all kinds of fresh dishes, and others have pre-made or specialty items for sale.
For a place with 30 different vendors, there are tons of possibilities. This may come as a shock, but I didn’t try the BBQ at the French Market!
Instead, I opted for the fries at Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer.
Frietkoten is similar to a “fry shack” you would find all around the city of Amsterdam. They focus on serving fresh Belgian fries along with a variety of dipping sauces and ketchup, while also offering different types of beer and burgers. The fries are served in a cone, also commonly seen in Europe.
I figured I would like the red pepper ketchup the most and the sweet & sour ketchup the least. It was actually the opposite. The sweet & sour ketchup had a nice tang and sweetness that complimented the flavor of the fries very nicely. The red pepper ketchup didn’t offer nearly as much flavor. And the mayo...I still can’t understand why Europeans think it’s a good idea to put mayo on fries.
The Belgian fries were very tasty. Not too greasy and cut in big enough pieces to where you actually get the flavor of a potato instead of just being nothing but crunch, oil and salt. The large cone is plenty to be one meal, but it was also good to share with my wife as we knew we'd be doing plenty more eating later in the day.
With Frietkoten offering 20 different flavors of sauces, I’d be interested in trying some other flavors to see what else pairs well with the fries if I ever had the chance to return.
Yet, if I’m making another visit to the Chicago French Market, I’d have a hard time going to the same place twice when there are so many other great options.
I guess I’ll just have to go multiple times!
Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer
Chicago French Market
131 North Clinton Street
Chicago, IL 60661