One of the most interesting and popular national dishes is carbonate in Flemish. It is made from the tenderest beef, which is stewed in beer for several hours. Another interesting dish is waterzoï. Fillet of fish or poultry is stewed in a special cream sauce; thinly sliced vegetables are served as a garnish. It is also worth to try potjevleesch. This jelly is prepared from different types of meat and is served only in clay pots. Fans of fine cuisine and gourmets will certainly have to taste stewed rabbit with plum sauce; seafood fans have to order fried mussels. In September, an interesting holiday, Major Sale, is held in Lille. Fried mussels are considered the most important holiday treat.
Local pubs and bars will be a real boon for lovers of beer, as this drink is very popular among locals. As for alcoholic drinks, then Genièvre is worth mentioning; it a special kind of bread vodka. Those who can’t imagine a meal without cheese, would have a pleasant surprise. Lille produces a special kind of cheese - Le Vieux Lille - which is popular among gourmets. This cheese has a strong smell, so it is considered the product for fans. It is worth noting that the number of these fans is very, very large; many of them even prefer to buy local cheese as a gift to loved ones.
Sweet tooth will find a great choice of original desserts. The most popular are Meert vanilla wafers. Sweet little babeluttes candies made from a special sugar beet are also amazing.