This is my first post on CH after months of benefiting from the phenomenal insight that many of the hounders share. I'm going to Europe a month from now and will be making a short three-day trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. Specifically, I'll be spending half a day in Brussels (lunch), one day in Bruges (dinner, lunch), and one day in Amsterdam (dinner, lunch, and maybe early dinner). I realize that a short trip like this might not do the respective cities justice, but it doesn't mean we can't take the opportunity to sample at least some of what this part of Europe has to offer!
After some research, which included scouring this board, I've made some reservations and come up with a tentative itinerary. What I need are some off-beat suggestions to fill the remaining gaps: local fare, food stands, back-alley vendors (okay maybe not those), and the like. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Breakfast/brunch/lunch in Brussels: I don't know if I'm even looking for a real meal here. I'd be content with some fries, waffles, and chocolate. My SO and I will be arriving from London and will most likely not stray too far from the Midi/Zuid. We're looking to visit some of the chocolatiers (Wittamer, Neuhaus, etc.), which will take us somewhat closer to Grand Place and Manneken-Pis for some obligatory photographs. Along the way, are there any food truck equivalents that serve fries and waffles? Maybe a strip of street vendors not necessarily out to get tourists?
Dinner in Bruges: We made reservations at Bistro den Huzaar. Reviews online everywhere seem to be overwhelmingly positive, so I'm expecting a very satisfying food coma at the end of the meal.
Lunch in Bruges: I rarely drink, but I read about Den Dyver (Dijver?) on this forum and it sounds interesting enough that we made a reservation there for lunch. My girlfriend has no problem with alcohol, but I'm a bit of a lightweight, hah.
Dinner in Amsterdam: We expect to arrive late, and don't want to have anything extravagant right after we get off the train. Thinking of Burgermeester here.
Lunch in Amsterdam: Gartine is supposed to be closed for most of July but their website says they hope to re-open on 8/1 (guess which day we'll be there...). We haven't called them to make reservations yet (assuming we can), but if this falls through, what are some other comparable brunch options?
Dinner in Amsterdam (?): I think we'll be taking the SailRail option back to London in the evening, so dinner will have to happen early (5 - 5:30 probably). Again, we won't be looking for anything elaborate here - any suggestions?
Thanks for reading,