Sunday May 2 in Lent: Excellent take-away fries from "Cafeteria Lent", a low-rent place I found by observing local foot traffic heading down a side street, then followed my nose. Very friendly guys. Turkish? Frites served with garlic mayo. Crispy!
Monday May 3 in Amsterdam: No fries, but terrific potato-asparagus soup.
Tuesday May 4 in Haarlem: Good take-away fries from tiny shop off main square, by church. Classic presentation in rolled-up paper cone. Generous portion, piping hot (perfect for cold biker on raw afternoon). Eaten standing. Served with "Sambal Mayo" -- nice and spicy!
Thursday May 6 in Haarlem: Independent confirmation by Katie: this shop has really good fries. K: small fries, tomato ketchup. S: large fries, garlic mayo.
Saturday May 14 in Amsterdam: Long time, no fries. Don't think we had ANY during the bike/barge trip -- the appetite was there, but the frites were not. Northern peninsula of Netherlands is frites-impoverished region. Plenty of options in fried fish, very few in potato. Had some fries this afternoon here in Amsterdam, but at a cafe rather than a stand. They were good, no question, but not great. The olives and garlic in oil on the other hand were a knockout!