292 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866
I feel like I have cheated all of you, my dear readers. I feel that I can not be called an OC food blogger until I have reviewed Bruxie. This soon to be iconic waffle sandwich place has been reviewed by numerous food blogs, mainstream publications, and even been named the #2 Yelp restaurant in the US for 2011. Pretty strong praise for a restaurant I have not managed to get to in the two and a half years of this blog. For that I apologize to you, but I am here to make amends. Here, without further delay is my review of Bruxie.
For the few people who have not heard about Bruxie before, here is a short history of the place. The restaurant opened across the street from Chapman College, in downtown Orange. The location used to be the old Dairy Treet. They serve all of their sandwiches on waffles, kind of like a pannini, but with a waffle instead of bread. They have savory ones and sweet, dessert versions. When Chapman is in session the lines can get very long. Lucky for us it was winter break, as my cousin Chris and I met up at lunch time on a Thursday at noon. Ordering is done at the counter, and then the food is brought out to your table. This is what it looked like.
My Chocolate Banana Nut Milkshake came out before my meal. At Bruxie they use frozen custard instead of ice cream. This was my first time having frozen custard. Frozen custard is said to be more rich than ice cream, because egg yolks are added. Bruxie gets theirs from Wisconsin, and like the Packers from the same state, I can say I was not such a big fan of this shake. The flavor was good here, but I would have liked the chocolate and banana already mixed up. My other complaint was that this shake was not as cold as I would have liked. I know that is a weird thing to say about a shake, but it was too soupy, and it was not even a warm day out. I will definitely try frozen custard again though.
Chris went with the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle, one of their most popular items. Here the chicken was joined by Cole slaw and a chili honey sauce. Chris was very pleased with his selection, calling it near perfect. He felt the chicken was tender, the chili honey sauce had a great flavor, but he thought there could have been more Cole Slaw on this sandwich to help balance it out better. He has been here numerous times, and this is his favorite sandwich here. He also got Waffle Fries with his order. These fries were very hearty and crisp.
I have a bigger appetite than my cousin, so this is the first of my two Bruxie sandwiches, the Bruxie Burger. This burger came with Angus beef, cheddar cheese, tomato, pickle, mayonnaise, and lettuce. I have not had a burger cooked this perfectly in long time. It was a perfect medium rare, that practically melted in my mouth. The waffle did not get in the way as much as I envisioned it would. The waffle is not sweet, and is lighter than I would have thought. It was sturdy enough to hold the contents of the sandwich, without being intrusive. They got the balance just right. I would have liked a little more mayo on this, but it was a great burger, which I would get again
Bruxie always has specials posted on their Facebook page and on the board where you stand in line. One of them really stood out to me while I was waiting, so I had to try it. The Braised Beef Short Rib, with Crispy Blue Cheese Potatoes. Also added to the mix here was caramelized onions, horseradish, and chives. This sandwich was as delicious as it sounds. The meat, for the most part was very tender, the blue cheese was a great addition, but I could have used more. The au jus served with this, added some great flavor, and added some needed moisture. If this came up on the special board again, definitely do yourself a favor and order it.
Bruxie is one of the restaurants that truly did live up to the hype. It is a concept that seems so simple, and yet there are so many things that could go wrong, but don't. The main thing is they use fresh ingredients, cooked the right way. The menu is not very large, but with the addition of the specials, there is plenty to choose from. I really look forward to many more trips back here. I am happy that I have fulfilled my delicious obligation to you the readers, by trying one of the unique restaurant spots our county has to offer.
Out of five sprouts, (c'mon you knew I could not go this whole review without playing on the Belgium influence here, and one of my favorite things from Belgium, brussel sprouts!), five being best to zero being worst, Bruxie gets 3.5 sprouts.
For more information on Bruxie, click here: http://bruxie.com/