Wednesday, June 29, 2011
First and foremost, I am glad to see a new breed of hip joints popping up in Orange County. The more the better! Many people have been buzzing about Bruxie next to Chapman University. Here they use Belgian waffles to make savory and sweet treats, a new twist on something traditional. Just get in line to place your order and find a seat to wait for the treats to be brought to you. I must say they really pack the staff in their tiny space. They also have a few members who work outside as well. For the most part it is self serve and an easy in-n-out joint for people on the go.
I really enjoyed ordering their special Dulce de Leche Shake, $4.95, but I swear I might have diabetes now. They lined the inside cup full of delicious dulce de leche. It reminded me of salted caramel, so kudos for making a memorable dulce de leche! Normally I am not one to complain about sweet drinks but I could feel my blood turning into sugar after one sip, but at least I die happy! I don't want to think about the calories, because I am probably going back for more drinks.
We also decided to try the Mint Chocolate Shake, $4.95. They use a really nice Belgian chocolate that adds another level to your normal mint chocolate chip shake. Their shakes are very rich and full of flavor. This one was less sweet so I could drink it more easily. I had to down water after each sip for the other one or at least take breaks between each sip.
Ms. Lin and I were eager to try the savory waffle sandwiches. We both agreed to forgo the sweets for more salty. I was very tempted to get a sweet waffle, but in the end my love meaty savory treats won over. The Green Eggs & Ham Bruxie, $6.95, sounded tasty and fun so I had to grab that. Sandwiched between a waffle was ham, cheddar, jumbo egg, mayonnaise, and arugula pesto. I enjoyed this modern twist filled with cheesy goodness. This one was my favorite because the pesto adds a zest to the palette. Be careful of the drops of oil from the arugula pesto. Maybe move the fries under to catch the flavor. =p
We decided to try the Prosciutto & Gruyere Bruxie, $6.95, with whole grain mustard and chives. When I opened up the Bruxie to take a peek, I only found a little piece of prosciutto. There wasn't much substance inside to be honest. We were eagerly awaiting a flavor explosion but were disappointed. This was just mehhhh. If there wasn't that much meat inside, I just wished there was more cheese to make up for the filling.
Last and definitely the least was the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffles Bruxie, $6.95, with chili honey and cole slaw. Ms. Lin and I had really high hopes for this one and saved it for last. Big mistake! The way we attacked the Bruxies was the complete opposite of Goldilocks! =*( Instead of starting with something too cold to too hot to just right, we ate the best one and it just kept going down hill after that. I didn't like the batter and the spices used inside. The chili honey did not go well together. Maybe we should have opted for the maple syrup, but I think the biggest issue was the piece of chicken inside. Perhaps if it had a less distinctive seasoning to let the natural tasty flavors of the chicken shine and combine with the ingredients, then it might have been better. Ms. Lin brought up a good point about how tasty the fried chicken sandwich at Naked Lunch is and I agree that it's a trillion times better. We were very disappointed and our hopes were dashed since we love fried chicken so much. =*(
All in all Bruxie was decent. I don't know if I'd believe all the hype for this place. It's not a cheap place and won't really fill you up. Well I guess Ms. Lin and I have a bigger appetite. A waffle folded in half to make a sandwich won't really fill our tummies. Despite the disappointments with the fried chicken bruxie, I'd definitely recommend the shakes! I think this place is fun and different. It's definitely a place for families to come for a quick outing or a place for Chapman University to grub at, but I probably won't be making any special trips out soon. (except today, I'm being a good friend and going with another foodie who's never been =P)
P.S. I just love how their menu says Bruxie is a great late night snack... yet they close at 9 PM... hmmm... really late huh? lol I guess that's late for OC but for being next to a school campus... you at least need to be open to midnight for that.
292 North Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
Open 9am - 9pm Daily