Besides being the national quaff, beer was always an element of traditional Flemish cuisine. Now, more restaurants are creating contemporary dishes prepared with, and made to enjoy with, beer. Here, eight traditional and modern favorites:
3 FonteinenHerman Teirlinckplein 3, Beersel; 32/2/331-0625 A beloved cafe for regional dishes like black sausages and guinea fowl cooked with kriek, a cherry lambic.
De BistronoomVindictivelaan 22, Oostende; 32/473/734-801; debistronoom.be This coastal bistro serves fare like cod in a citrus-hommelbier sauce, and chocolate-dubbel mousse.
Den DyverDijver 5, Bruges; 32/50/336-069; dijver.be Gueuze-marinated mackerel and other creative seasonal dishes are paired with beers.