Spuistraat 275, 1012 VR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Traditional Dutch Food in AmsterdamBesides cheese and pancakes, the Dutch don’t really have a culinary claim to fame. Unless you count the potato. The boiled potato is to The Netherlands what rice is to China. Always boiled, never baked or scalloped, and if you are expecting more than salt and pepper, you are asking too much. However, when the Dutch get real fancy, they mash it with kale. (That’s right – the Dutch were on the kale bandwagon waaaay before you were buying kale chips from Whole Foods.) My favorite Dutch dish is boerekool met worst (kale with smoked sausage – the potato part is assumed) and I found it at Restaurant Haesje Claes, in the Spui district. Come here for its cozy wood interior and hearty, traditional meals that make you feel like you’re at grandma’s house.