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Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer

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Type: Eatery

131 N Clinton St
Chicago, Illinois, 60661-1506
United States

(312) 575-0306 | map

Located inside Oglvie Transportation Center.

Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Added by emerge077 on 12-29-2013

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3.93/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

When Frietkoten opened a few years back, it was hard to classify for Beerfly, it's essentially a market stall in a train station. However they serve Belgian beer on tap and carry around 50 bottles. Modeled after street vendors in Belgium, this pomme frites stand brings that traditional Belgian flair to Chicago.

When they opened, their house taps were DuPont Avril and Cuvée des Trolls, currently they serve two Belgian-style beers from the US, Allagash White and Prairie Path on draft. Bottle highlights included Tripel Karmeleit, Witkap Pater and Tripel, Dupont, Paulaner Oktoberfest, and an obscure hoppy Belgian pale I've never heard of. American crafts like Metro Krankshaft, Cane & Ebel, and Lagunitas were nods to the local craft scene. A fair amount of Dutch & Belgian macros rounded it out (Amstel, Heineken, Stella). For a pomme frites stand, this is a great selection, though it could use more Orval, saisons, or Trappists. I think the idea was to serve more light food-friendly beer.

The stand is decorated with laminated Belgian beer posters, Witkap, Dupont, and the like. A couple of small binders listed beer styles and BA scores which was a nice touch.

Frites here are great, Steve Dolinsky claims they're top 5 in the city. They're served up hot in a checkered paper cone in a wire stand, with a number of dipping options, but the aioli and curry mayo are the best. They also serve a short list of creative burgers. Service was quick and friendly.

Overall this is a fun stop if you're riding the metra out of Oglvie. Pastoral is also located here and they serve a few bottled crafts to-go along with hard to find cheeses.

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4.04/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It is curious that 31 months separate my review and the original.... with no one in-between.
I have been to Frietkoten several times in its six year history and find it a little boutique jewel.
It still has 4 taps as reported originally by Emerge007 (read his review), but its beer list is now down to 20 Belgians and has 10 in its separate category of "World class imports." There also are 13 local beers. Its biggest seller is a Belgian lager called Primus. The bartender told me the brewer came by on a U.S. tour because he wanted to see how a 100 square foot bar could sell so much of his beer.

Given that I am even more a train geek than a beer geek, I really like the concept behind The French Market of which Friekoten is one of sixty stalls/stores. The Market is the ground floor with 13 train tracks running above. The Frietkoten stand is just off the eating section whose walls are painted to convey that you are eating under the Eiffel Tower; fitting as that shares a similar use of structured steel with 19th Century train stations. This urban Market is frequented as much by people who work and live and lunch in the area as much as it is by commuters.

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Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer in Chicago, IL
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