WHY "BELGIAN" FRIES?
The Story of Frites, er French Fries, begins in Belgium, not France. It was during World War I that US GI's were served frites for the first time. Not knowing exactly where they were, but being in a French speaking part of Europe, they named the yummy fried potatoes French Fries. But they were actually in Belgium and eating Belgium Fries or Frites which is the french word for fries.
Up until the start of the 20th century frites shops only offered fries garnished with salt. Sauces and condiments were available starting in the 1950's. The first sauce recorded was an onion sauce that included thin slices of fried onions, cooked white beans, vinegar, and a little flour, with an optional spoonful of cream on top.
Today Manneken Frites serves sauces with flavors from all over the world. And while the exact ingredients for the first frites sauce are lost to the ages, we have sauces traditional to Belgium along with sauces designed for the discriminating Mile High palette. Our sauces have flavors from Africa, Mexico, Thailand, and Spain. And all of our sauces (sans the Peanut Sauce), as well as our frites, are gluten free. We also serve a gluten free amber Belgian beer.
With so many sauces to choose from (and the first sauce is always free with each order), we have added a Sauce Flight to our menu. You can get a smaller portion of four additional sauces for one low price.
We cook our frites in 100% canola oil and sprinkle sea salt on top of every order (no salt option available).