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Cologne, Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam

I think it might have been the Franco-German post. I don't recall specifically. Anyway, no big deal and thanks for explaining. Reading something in lieu of hearing it always has the potential for misunderstanding. I shouldn't be so sensitive)) Actually, I didn't mean to dismiss the idea of authentic as much as downplay it. Thanks again for your reply and guidance.

Dec 28, 2009
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Cologne, Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam

Interesting that you question my use of the word authentic (or my not limiting myself to authentic) as 'weird' since I've read other posts from you which questioned people who asked exclusively for authentic. Anyway, thanks for the recommendations after the chiding.

Dec 28, 2009
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Cologne, Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam

One day/night in the first 3 cities and 3 nights in Amsterdam...Looking here and elsewhere these are the places I've found. Comments are welcome. travelling alone and not looking for an intimate dining experience nor an 'authentic' experience...Just looking for the best places, the best food and mid-range pricing (under 20 euros per meal)...

COLOGNE:
Peter's Brauhaus
Fruh am Dom
Fruh Haxenhaus

In particular hoping to find schweinhaxen maybe some kraut, spaetzel...what am I missing out on? Pretzels?

BRUSSELS:
La Mer du Nord
Aus Suisse
In't Spinnekopke

I was told bout a plethora of vans with waffles and obviously I need some fries. Where should I head?

BRUGES:
Bistro de Schaar
De Bekoring

I need some help here...

AMSTERDAM:
Pancake Bakery
Small World Catering
Thai Bird
Vlemincky
Kam Yin
La Oliva
De Kas
De Witte Uyl
Restauant As
AsianStreetfood

OK, I have a bunch to choose from and only 3 days, but can you help me sift the wheat from the chaff? Lots of various cuisines above, i know.

Dec 28, 2009
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Best Cheap Eats In Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam

Going from 1/1 to 1/8, Greg, which means no spargel for me---a pity to miss from what I've read. As for car costs, I just did a west coast swing of England in October (Cornwalling) and was more than a little shocked at the gas prices. It's why trains seemed like a better way to go this time. HST, I don't want to miss out on a small gem because it's not on the train map. Tough call on top of other tough calls. Budget is an issue, lingua, and I heard that pre-booking trains is a must. I'm mulling, mulling...

Dec 03, 2009
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Best Cheap Eats In Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam

Thanks, all, for helping me despite my wildly indecisive, unspecific needs. I think what I have here plus what I've found on other threads will get me through my tour. If anyone wants add a specific restaurant that's lone-diner friendly in Northern France, Western Germany, Belguim and Amsterdam (any city, large or small), feel free to toss it my way. Greg's car idea is starting to sound better and better. Thanks again!

Dec 03, 2009
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Best Cheap Eats In Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam

Thanks everyone for the thorough recommendations. I hear you on the tackling too many cities in a short time, but I like traveling that way---get into a city in the early afternoon, check it out, grab a bite to eat, breakfast the next morning and then move onto the next city. I was thinking of doing it by train this time (I've done it in England and throughout the US by car---part of a baseball stadium tour), but I'm worried from your post, Trip K, that I might miss a lot along the way. I'm in no way married to big cities so stopping and staying in Hattenheim for example, is completely do-able.

I'm still in flux on where to go and have added to the mix the possibility of ditching Amsterdam for an extra night in France (perhaps Reims?). My choices, as I see them, are Frankfurt-Alsace-Brussels-Brugges or Antwerp-Amsterdam-Cologne or Frankfurt-Alsace (2 places)-Brussels-Brugges or Antwerp-Cologne. Or, and I don't mean to spin your head, avoid France and do more of Germany. Sorry I'm all over the map (literally) on this, but I've never visited these areas and the food is the key to my trip. I'm just trying to find the best food route. I have an open plane ticket and can leave (back to Moscow where I live) from anywhere in that neighborhood of Europe.

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Dec 02, 2009
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Best Cheap Eats In Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam

Great. Thanks so much)) Your reputation for helpful info precedes you. BTW, have you ever traveled/eaten in northwestern France?...Metz, Strasbourg area? Looking for raclette.

Dec 01, 2009
cpbell14 in Europe

Best Cheap Eats In Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam

Terrific. Thanks a ton! Any recommendations on the best places where to get these things? In particular where can I find the best "Schweinehaxen" or doner? Do I have to be in Berlin or Munich? I'm heading northwest from Frankfurt so we're looking at the Dusseldorf/Cologne area or in that general vicinity. Same question for Brussels or Antwerp and Amsterdam. Any particular places stand out? Thanks again.

PS: I'll miss my icecubes.

Dec 01, 2009
cpbell14 in Europe

Best Cheap Eats In Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam

Looking for guidance...Any ideas?

Nov 30, 2009
cpbell14 in Europe

Solo Foodie Travelers in Europe to Join for Culinary Adventures

The Alsace part sounds terrific. How'd you find out about those places and how'd you get around the area?

Nov 25, 2009
cpbell14 in Europe

Trying to decide...

...on whether to go south-west from Frankfurt (where I'm landing and have no intention of staying) towards the Alsace region or northwest towards Belgium and Amsterdam. I have 5-6 days to work with and want to eat! My goal is to find the best street food or under $30 meals possible. I'm not a cheapskate, but I'm traveling alone and a big, fancy dinner isn't a great fit for that. Any suggestions on where to go in western Germany, northern France, Belgium or Amsterdam to make this work?

Nov 25, 2009
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