Frites are the perfect meal if you are hungry while on a shopping trip and the walk through the city. They are very tasty and fast to make. I would also say, that is healthier than the average fast food store and even cheaper.
Utrecht has a lot of good Frites places to offer. But there are two that definitely stand out.
First is the Manneken Pis chain that is located in Amsterdam and Utrecht. They have three restaurants in Utrecht. All of them are very close to the city centre, so that you can stop by easily while walking through the city. Unmistakeable by the purple colour of their branches. Also the yellow and purple bags are unique. If you see people walking around with these bags, you know that you are close to the restaurant. Awarded best fries in the Netherlands by Joop Braakhekke, this small place is definitely a must try.
They have three different sizes. The small portion which contains 300 grams is ideal for a small snack. The normal size is 450 grams and will kill your hunger effectively. As a special, they also offer the so called Obelix size. This contains one kilo of fries. Hard to eat alone but perfect to share. The fries are cooked freshly after every order. The potatoes are specially selected just for Manneken Pis.
Not only the Fries are good here. Also, the variety of sauces is unique. They offer 20 different types, ranging from simple Ketchup, over several different types of Mayonnaise to extremely special things like cheese, garlic or curry sauce. As you can imagine, so far I had no time to try them all. Since I like it classic, I usually take a simple Mayonnaise. My favourite is the not so fatty Vlaamse Mayonnaise.
For more information, you can check out their website: http://www.mannekenpis.nl/
The second and in my opinion best frites place in Utrecht is the Frietwinkel. Located in Vinkenburgstraat 10 it is very close to the city centre. They have a small restaurant, so that you can be inside while waiting for your fries. That is especially good, because the amount of people buying fries there is very high. It is ranked the best restaurant in Utrecht on Tripadvisor, which is remarkable considering that they only sell fries and kroketten.
The fries come in a unique bag. At the bottom are the fries and at the top is a little cup for the sauce. This way it is very easy to eat the fries without getting your hands dirty. Simple but clever!
The fries come in two sizes. A small one and a large one. Prices are very reasonable. Also, you can order other dishes apart from fries, but they are definitely their speciality. The amount of different sauces is not as big as at Mannekin Pis, but they are all very tasty. You can order Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Curry, Mustard and a peanut sauce. The sauces are all very tasty. You should definitely try to taste them all, since they have a very good taste. For an extra 25 cents, you can order a second cup of sauce. Try mixing them, it is very delicious!
For more information, you can check out their website: www.frietwinkel.nl.
I hope that I could once again help you with the decision of where to buy your fries the next time you walk through the city! I would really like to hear your opinion about my choices. Feel free to comment your experiences below 🙂