Belgium is an exceedingly scrumptious little place, crammed with exceedingly friendly human beings who know their popular food culture as well as they know their proclivities toward alcohol. Some of my fondest memories (up to and including the speeding ticket) lie with Brussels, where an exceedingly beautiful young native once told me Belgium has fewer breweries than french fry stands. Thing is, she was exceedingly toasted when she said it—and it so happens that she worked for a major regional beer maker.
That irony ends with one simple fact—that Belgian-prepared fries are the best in the history of the many universes that dot the human experience. And if you go to Belgian Frie in Pacific Beach, you'll have a golden opportunity to savor the evidence. Something about the so-called double-cook process leaves the potato center moist and soft inside the crunchy shell, not like what you find over here (most of the fries we get are frozen in their original form). The better news is that, at $8.99, the Carbonnade basket (fries and sour cream under Flemish stew and onions) is the most expensive thing on the menu. The best news is that its taste will send you through the roof.
That besotted young beer lady just might find Belgian Frie to her liking—but she'd have to go to 4614 Mission Blvd. to find out, and she'd have to do it between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. every day but Tuesday, when it's closed, and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last I saw of her, she was still about five sheets—so it might be best if she call ahead at 858-270-9900 and settle for the vicarious fling.