OK, there are three places in Leidseplein worth your meat-eating time, if you know where to find them. We’re reluctant to point out this one “hidden” up a flight of stairs on Amsterdam’s busiest square, though -- before you know it, there’ll be queues as bad as Klos. The mostly local and organic menu here has a decidedly European flair, giving you a chance to try smoked rooster, pork sausage with spiced bacalao (cod stew), and the BBQ version of confit du canard. The “Green Grill” part of the name refers to their two Big Green Eggs, and if you’re a grill person, you know what that means in terms of sweet, tender flavor.
Surf. And. Turf. Sure, you can make your own at some of the other spots on this list, but you’ll wind up looking greedy. This place specializes in finding that perfect on-the-plate balance between smoky land and salty sea. The new lunch menu even features “S&T burgers.” The idea is to share, and if you show up alone, there’s a special “meet and greet” table for you. Unlike the artist whose piece it’s named after, this excellent “apprentice” grill may have surpassed the also-impressive “master” Nachtwacht (named after Rembrandt’s most famous painting).
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Elysia Brenner is a freelance writer and foodie geek who has mysteriously developed a sudden urge to order a rack of ribs as soon as she finishes this sentence.