A pistolet is a filled, crusty bread roll—something that every Belgian child grows up on. So Valérie Lepla struck a rich, nostalgic vein when she named her deli-café in the smart Sablon district. It's invariably packed with just about every level of Brussels society, either eating pistolets in the cheerful café or taking them home. Pistolet Original makes a perfect spot for lunch or for an anytime snack. A few of the available fillings: Ardenne ham, shrimp, sharp-tasting pickles, rollmops (pickled herring fillets), roast beef, celery root, braised chicory, blood pudding, potjesvlees (Flemish terrine), and with butter and chocolate. You could come here on a daily basis and still not go through all the possibilities. One secret of the café's success is the quality of the ingredients, which all come from top suppliers. Wash them down with beer or wine, coffee or tea. If it's good enough for Pierre Wynants, the former chef at the three-Michelin-star Comme Chez Soi, who can argue?
24-26 Rue Joseph Stevens
Our Rating Neighborhood Sablon Hours Daily 8am–6pm Transportation Metro: Gare Centrale Phone 02/880–80–98 Prices Pistolets €3.70–€8.80 Cuisine Type Belgian Web site Pistolet Original
Map24-26 Rue Joseph Stevens Brussels
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