But it's the french fries – les frites – that have me so, as the French might exclaim, exuberant.
These are, hands down, the best fries in the city. What's surprising is that this unheralded bistro will go to such great lengths to make them: The potatoes are peeled, then soaked in saltwater, then sliced (punched, as they say in the business), soaked in more saltwater overnight, rinsed, blanched in oil at 250 degrees, taken out and laid on a mat, then fried in oil at 350 degrees until they are crisp outside and tender inside. In the moment before the fries leave the kitchen, truffle oil and sea salt are added.
The ketchup? Even that stands out, its flavor balanced and brimming. This is housemade curry ketchup with a pinch of turmeric, the kind you see all over Belgium.
Does that have you drooling yet? Go there and get a free appetizer with purchase.
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Bistro Michel is located at 1501 14th St.