Sandwich shops: "Cheap, but nice anyway" Information & Sources Tip by Groentje

Information & Sources, Brussels: 94 reviews and 92 photos

You think Brussels is mega-expensive, with the low dollar and high euro and all? Do as all Brussels working class tend to do at one point in their life and get yourself a sandwich for lunch! It's quick, cheap, and most of the time very tasty! Some good sandwiches can be bought at Panos (where they have nice pastry, such as croissants and consorts as well), Sandwich Time or Crock'In. My favourite sandwich bar is located near Porte de Namur/Naamsepoort, where they have sandwiches in different combinations. More about that one in another Bxl tip!
Back to the regular sandwich shops. Most of these have fixed sandwiches, which are qhown on the pancarte above the counter, and they also carry the possibility to make your own sandwich. They can be made on French type bread (you know, the long baguettes), on bagnats (which are round), on regular bread sandwiches (triangular) an dall of the above in different types (whole (gris/bruin), white (blanc/wit ).
Some of these are:
- club or smos: cheese, ham, tomato, lettuce and mayo
- martino: américain, onions, ansjovis, pickles, tabasco
- argenteuil: ham, asparagus and other stuff...
If they ask you sth along the lines of "avec crudités", say yes if you want vegetables like salad, tomato, carots on it, say no if you, well, if you don't :-)
One more note: apparently Subway is also trying to get into the Belgian/European market so there's another opportunity for low-priced lunches!

Favorite Dish: Depends on what I feel like, but my absolute favourites are:
- sandwich with brie
- sandwich with spicy tuna
- club

Price Comparison: least expensive
Directions: they're all around town, really...
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 4
Theme: Deli

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  • Written Jan 23, 2004
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