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Belgian Fries

1885 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N4A6
Tel: (604) 253-4220
Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland

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not the best ever
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on the Drive and looking for chow when we spotted BF. Since I had heard good things about the place I suggested we give it a try, and my beloved co-diner agreed. The restaurant was quite dirty, and the w/c was sticky and nasty. Counter service was quick, although they gave us the wrong order. After examining it to determine it was not for us, we handed it back. Amazingly, they served the food to someone else right after we returned it. Not very hygienic...

We shared an order of the poutine with Tunisian lamb sausage. It was disappointing overall, and the skinny sausages on top tasted almost like those hot sausages you can buy at 7-11. As for the gravy, it was flavorless, and the cheese was not melted. I have had the poutine at Costco and it is better and cheaper. At least they had beer, but it was not cheap. Actually nothing at this place was reasonably priced.

Can’t recommend.

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Fritz are better.
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

I came here for a snack with a co-worker once on a late summer day - We shared a large poutine.
I have to say I was disappointed. First, the wait time was horrible. There was only one other person in the restaurant, but we still had to wait about 1/2 hour to receive our food. I totally appreciate fresh fries, but 1/2 hr to fry potatoes? Second, when we finally received our fries in those famous beach-side concession stand cardboard fry bowls, most of the fries were stuck together and soggy. A sign that they did not fry them properly and did not give that "one two shake". I also have to add that the paper bowl soaked up most our gravy. :(
I might give them another shot, but I would probably try something else, maybe that deep-fried mars bar that the other reviewers talked about?

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Good Poutine on a Rainy Day
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 7:14pm [Dine in]

I avoided this place due to the so-so reviews on dinehere.ca However, I am trying out different poutine places and noticed that the place was full on a rainy afternoon on Commercial Drive.

In we went.

I ordered a large poutine for the family to share. Hubby had a coffee. I had a tea. The kids had water.

The ladies serving were all polite and competent. The place was clean. The washroom was clean. I noticed a lot of graffiti in the stall - but I think this was encouraged. Sort of a pre internet/message board thing where people share their thoughts. LOL!

The fries were done right - double fried. They were tasty. The cheese curds had some "squeak". The vegetarian gravy was tasty and there was a generous amount. My son (the poutine expert) enjoyed them.

Hubby advised that his coffee was brewed right and tasty (he takes it black so this is important).

I enjoyed our visit and would like to return to try some other items.

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Great novelty, but not outstanding.
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 11:32am [Dine in]

I tried out the Classic Poutine and the Chili Poutine. They were not as tasty as it looked, but overall pretty good. I think a little overpriced though.

However, the I could totally taste the freshness of the fries, so I think that was a plus. Secondly, I tried a cone of onion rings. I thought that was pretty good.

The deep friend mars bar was really good too. Although the ice cream was not enough to accompany the mars bar.

I would definately go back to try out the dipping sauce and the deep friend pecan ice cream.

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It wasn't that great.
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

Hm...you think if you eat in with an empty stomach, anything should taste good. I was walking around The Drive one day and saw this sign out front stating "the best fries in town", so I had to try it.
Turns out, it was a little disappointing. It was in a good size but the taste was just not there. It was actually really bland. I could barely eat half of it and I was very hungry. There wasn't any salt and..the cheese or whatever they have didn't have any taste to it. I just couldn't believe that there is NO TASTE to it!

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Good fries big portions
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 7:09am [Dine in]

Fries are one of my favourite comfort foods so I had to try this place when I heard of it. After many tries I'm not sure if this place has the best fries (as proclaimed), or if I have a favourite at all.

I like to stick to basics so I almost always order the plain old in the cone to go. There also have burgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, poutines and a few interesting dessert options including deep fried Mars bar and deep fried ice cream.

My most recent trip was with my girlfriend we were in the area and I thought she should give it a try. They're portions are quite generous so we shared a regular sized poutine (bacon and mushrooms) and a couple of drinks. Our dipping companion behooves me (I think it was garlic mayo). They have a large selection to choose from all made in house.

Personally I found that their fries are best served plain with no frills. I'm not fond of poutines since I dislike soggy fries but I put my preference aside. Their regular size is huge with a large mound of bacon and mushrooms doused in gravy and curds. I found the poutine a tad too salty. It needed more cheese curds and I wished the bacon was crisp although they did not skimp on it. I also noticed their fries are sized differently compared to the plain orders (perhaps cut shorter to fit into the paper tray and it seemed to have a lot of short end pieces). They piled it all on which was a little messy to eat. I know my friends would love it but already with a bias I will stick to my plain old fries thank you.

It's mostly self-serve you take your order and wait and you get your own plastic flatware. There are 6-8 tables and stool/counter space to eat - a little nicer than a hole in the wall. Nothing I would soak up too much of except maybe the various photos with captions talking about the origins of Belgian Fries.

It's a place to try it out at least once to see if you like it. Their deep fried sweets are interesting enough to warrant a visit. I'd stick to their plain "Belgian" fries for best results.

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Not good!
By irishtal of Abbotsford (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 1, 2011 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

I was shocked that a place that specializes in fries, can't even make good fries. Slow service, high prices, bad food etc. Went there for lunch with my in-laws and no one was impressed. Burger was bad. Gravy was bad. When all you do is fries, you should probably learn how to make good fries!

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Good place to try a Canadian staple - poutine
By maorikiwi of Collingwood (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

This place really is a mid-upmarket-ish takeaway place.

Poutine is a Canadian staple snack/fast food consisting of french fries with gravy and cheese curds. Here at Belgian fries you can order the classic poutine or poutine plus with lots of other toppings.

I ordered a Salmon burger and classic poutine with a beer.
My friend ordered a large beef poutine - classic poutine with ground beef and onions generously poured over the top.
My burger was a salmon patti rather than an actual salmon fillet battered but I actually prefer the patties as the fillets tend to dry out when battered. The food was generous and tasty.

Here you place your orders at the counter and collect them. The place is clean and the ambience is pretty laid back.

Cost wise it is decent. I think you can share a large poutine amongst a male and female and be satisfied.

It is a good place to introduce a non native to poutine - especially because there are a number of different toppings you can have with it. Great if you are in the area.

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Good By West Coast Standard
By Food4Real of Surrey (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:17am [Dine in]

I admit, this might not be the BEST place for poutine, but it's better than any of the fast food joint poutines. The other poutine shop in Downtown is much better, so I hear from people and two of my Montreal friends. I have yet to try it. As for this place, it's not bad. It's overpriced for sure and the restaurant is very dirty and everything is greasy, it's just nasty on that part. As for the poutine itself, it's pretty good. I'm a bit sensitive to greasy food but this didn't bother me so that must say something about quality being pretty good. The dishes are nice, a few varieties. I've tried the lamb sausage and Montreal smoked beef, both I thought were really good. Now, the fries, it depends who cooks them, sometimes they are great, sometimes they are not. If they could be consistent with the cooking I think some of the reviews complaining about the fries would not exist. In general though, this is still a good place to get poutine once in a while. Beware, you will smell of grease/deep fry after you leave. They need better ventilation.

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The poutine was a miss!
By eileenf of Olympia, Washington (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 11, 2014 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

I am a poutine fan. I love poutine and decided to try out this place based on a friend’s recommendation. Either she has a really different concept of what poutine is supposed to look and taste like or the cook was just having a bad day, but the poutine was highly disappointing.

The gravy did not taste good and did not even melt the cheese. It needed to be more hot. As for the fries, they tasted kind of old, soggy, and were not crispy. And to top it all off, the portions were are large, so finishing it became a daunting task.

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Not bad for fries
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 10:09am [Dine in]

We went here a couple of months back and it was good. Simply good, however, nothing that would blow your socks off. My wife is a big Poutine fan, and we left feeling rather unimpressed. Unfortunately, even the Poutine at New York Fries rivals this place.

If you're in the neighbourhood with a craving, i think this place is fine, but stick to the fries (the burger and hotdog were quite flavorless), and avoid the bathroom at all costs.

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Good fries
By theblackstar of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

These guys make good fries. And the cones are filling. A small will fill up most people. The chipotle mayo dip is my favorite. Fries are made while you watch, nothing old and greasy ends up in your order.

A good place to drop in for a pretty cheap snack.

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More Then Just Fries
By phattass of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 11, 2006 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

Ok, I'll admit it. If I could eat fries all day long every day I would. This place was once very well known for outstanding fries. Over the past few years it has went through changes and at one point was serving rather gross tasting food. However, over the past year or so things have really changed and the food is now back to great. They have added many things to the menu. My new addiction is called War which is fries with peanut satay, mayo and fried sweet onions. The plain fries are a great stand-by and come with so many different dips. Of course, who can do a review without mentioning the deep fried mars bar? It's to die for, and I'm really not even a chocolate fan. My brother and nephew make this place their first stop each and every time they fly into town.

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NY Fries, Watch Out!
By GastroGene of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

A very small and tidy restaurant that sells yummy Belgian (actually still French) fries with a huge selection of dips to go with. You can try a different one for a month and not repeat. I think they have a poutine on the menu but I haven't tried it yet. Only problem is that they serve the food in a cone so you can't put it down otherwise, you will spill your fries. You need to find holes to put the cone in!

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Beef is too salty
By mustfirstregister of Burnaby, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

It is my first time going to this place, a coworker recommended. I asked the cashier what she recommends because the menu has so many different dishes. She recommends the Montreal or Quebec Beef on fries because I like meat a lot. The order came and I was not surprised about the huge portion because I paid like $7. At Safeway you can buy a huge bag of potatoe for $4 bucks or less. Because I was so hungry I just dig in and the fries with the gravy are so good, however the beef is over salted or something cause it tasted nasty. I think I would rate 4 if the beef are not that salty other than that it's good. I wanna go there again I will order the same dish and this time I will ask them to not put that much salt on the beef.

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Is there any place with good food on the Drive anymore?
By A Chicken of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 2:57pm [Take-out]

I was walking by and this place and it had a sign out front that said "Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich on rye, coleslaw and a pop for about 8 bux-ish", so i thought I'd try it out.

When I got my sandwich, the rye bread was so small it fit about 10% of the sandwich. I understand that these sandwiches are suppose to be mostly meat but this was ridiculous. Other than that, the sandwich was mediocre. The coleslaw tasted stale. and the can of pop was.. well a can of pop. It did come with a pickle, and a pickled pepper which had a lot of flavour.

I might go back but wont order the Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich again,

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Don't try War Sauce
By bauler9999 of burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

they say its made from "satay sauce" and so forth. the so called sauce is a mere slap of peanut butter and war sauce comprises of the former slapped with mayo on the fries. probably one of the most repugnant foods i have ever tried.the fries are average,and its simply not worth visiting this place just for the fries.very poor experience.ive only given it a 2 on the food quality as the other stuff was atleast edible.

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Try WAR....
By Borgnine of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

You're not gonna go here for the ambience or the service....But you must try WAR....a concoction consisting of:
Fries
Thai peanut sauce
Mayo
diced onion.

Believe me, it tastes much better than it sounds.....Certainly not health food, so I don't allow myself to indulge more than once every couple of months or so....

Also----you must try a deep-fried Mars bar once in your life...It's an experience. One of those things where "once may be enough", but at least you can say you tried it.

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Deep Fried Mars Bars
By GrantStreetGirl of Commercial Dr, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 25, 2006 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

Deep fried Mars bars! Need I say more. I first got hooked onto these through a friend who was from Scotland, who's grandmother used to make them religiously. It was much to my delight to be told my a friend that this scrumptious dessert can be found close to home. Absolutely mouthwatering, the thought of them makes me drool. Delicious. And they make a great hangover cure.

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Love the new decor
By chipper of Surrey (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

Still hands down the best fry place on the drive. I do love the the expanded menu and the addition of on tap beers.

this has been a long time favorite stop for me and has had it's ups and downs over the years but has successfully managed to come out on top with a great product and at a price I'm ok with. I can't remember being served by the same person more then 2 times in the last year and I'd guess this would be due to the massive turn over of staff in the food industry. Since this is a 'Fry Shop' I won't hold that against them and just continue to be a customer since they have managed to maintain their quality product though difficult times in the fast food service business.

Still the best Poutine in town.

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