Ahhhh what can I say about Bruxie that hasn’t been said already? The original Orange location is an institution and now, with its second bigger flashier location in Brea, you know they’re here to stay!
The waffle-like exterior is impressive, standing out among the chain stores and chain restaurants in the area. The garage-feel is edgy and there is a lot more seating here both inside and outside. The staff has always been amazing and they continue to shine here.
One of the original favorites is Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle ($6.95) with chili honey and cider slaw. This is a bit too sweet for me, but as far as chicken and waffles go, you know they’re a marriage made in heaven.
I loved the Turkey Club ($7.95) with Boar’s Head roasted turkey, gruyere, avocado, applewood smoked bacon and pesto aioli. This hefty sandwich will satiate even the hungriest bear. The stuffing is generous — a little too generous even … did I say that? — and puts many a club sammie to shame!
Albacore Tuna Melt ($7.95) actually surprised me. I wasn’t ready for a tuna sandwich to taste THIS good. Cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato in between a crispy waffle is just what mom ordered! It’s such a shame my son doesn’t like tuna. The secret to my perfect tuna sandwich are tomatoes!
If I died and went to heaven, the Hot Pastrami Bruxie ($7.95) is what I was probably sinking my teeth into a few minutes beforehand. Boar’s Head Pastrami with gruyere, cider slaw, spicy brown mustard, and half sour pickles stuffed into the perfectly browned waffle is indescribably delicious. I believe this has now become my absolute favorite!
And should you be dining with some friends and you’re the one on a diet — too bad for you — then get yourself the Grilled Chicken Caesar ($7.95) served with the most delicious parmesan waffle bowl. I wish they sold this cheesy waffle bowl on its own because I’d buy a dozen and take them home to enjoy slowly!
Bruxie Salad ($9.95) is another good choice. In fact, the grilled chicken is very moist and the romaine, arugula, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, avocado, lemon vinaigrette and balsamic reduction toss together makes for one of the tastiest salads I’ve had in a long time.
Of course, we can’t walk away without trying at least one of the sweet waffle offerings. Lemon Cream and Berries ($6.50) is so lemony tart and pops with flavors from the seasonal berries — raspberries to be exact — that I wanted to stop but had a little more than I should have.
Who knew that a humble waffle could be transformed into so many delicious variations? If you’ve never been to Bruxie in Orange, now’s the time to check out Bruxie Brea. Now I hope they will consider opening a Bruxie Irvine!
215 W Birch Street
Brea, CA 92821
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