Bruxie, the popular Orange County chain famous for their waffle sandwiches, recently opened their first San Diego location.
I was extremely excited by this opening, having tried one of the Orange County locations previously. The restaurant is located right next to SDSU. In fact, they even accept SDSU meal plans according to the signs in the store (lucky students!). Originally the restaurant was set to open inside The Headquarters, but that somehow fell through. This new location seems to be a perfect spot.
The restaurant offers savory waffle sandwiches, sweet waffle creations, custards, shakes and liege waffles.
On my visit last year to the OC location, I tried two of the most popular sandwiches, the buttermilk fried chicken & waffle and Carolina bbq pulled pork. This time, we wanted to try some other ones, so I chose the Bruxie burger.
What really stands out at Bruxie is the waffle itself. The Belgian-style waffle is perfectly crisp, light, airy, and like no other waffle I’ve ever had before. I wish there was an option to just order a big stack of these because I just want to munch on the waffles plain.
I’m still searching for the best waffle sandwich combination. I’ve enjoyed everything I tried, but none of the fillings have quite yet wowed me enough for a second try. The burger was pretty good, with a lightly seasoned patty and a pink medium center. I think next time I want to try one of the breakfast waffle combinations.
The loaded sandwich had plenty of thick pastrami slices and is topped with cider slaw and pickles. However, the cider slaw made the middle of the sandwich soggy, and nothing makes me sadder than a soggy waffle.
Liege Waffle with Caramelized Pearl Sugar
For dessert, they offer their signature Belgian waffle with sweet toppings and they also offer authentic liege waffle. I was so torn which one to order. Next time I’ll try the regular Belgian waffle with the sweet toppings, but for this visit, we got the liege waffle.
Liege waffles are thick, sugary, buttery, with multiple compact layers. The layers are also embedded with large sugar pearls, which caramelize when cooked, providing a crunchy finish. The version at Bruxie’s is pretty good, though I wish they were bigger. Each piece is about two bites.
I usually love soft serve custards, but there was something artificially sweet about this one that I didn’t like.
Overall, we had a good meal here. The waffles are as good as with the ones I tried in Orange County and so far the San Diego location isn’t nearly as crowded. We plan on making several trips back soon before word gets out and the lines get too long. You can view the full San Diego menu here.
You can read about my initial visit to Bruxie here.
5157 College Avenue•San Diego, CA 92115