AUX ARMES DE BRUXELLES
Brussels institution Aux Armes specializes in traditional Belgian cuisine and is packed every day. Located just off the Grand Place, the present restaurant and its cozy art deco interiors date back to 1921, but this has been the site of a tavern for centuries. Mussels are served in a steaming pot with a mountain of frites for € 26 ($36), while foodies should try waterzooi, a hearty chicken stew that costs € 19 ($26), or anguilles au vert – eels cooked in a rich parsley sauce – € 28 ($38). The crêpes are theatrically flambéed with Mandarine Napoleon liqueur for € 13 ($18).