Waffle all you want at Bruges Waffles and Frites

Posted By Allison on Sep 7, 2012


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UPDATED JUNE 2014

Having heard good things about Bruges Waffles and Frites, we were excited to give it a try after a visit to the Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City. Bruges Waffles and Frites serves authentic Belgian waffles and savory sandwiches with frites – Belgium’s version of the french fry. It is located just across the street from the Market at 336 West 300 South.

We were a little alarmed to find a line extending to the sidewalk until we realized that this restaurant is tiny. The counter is just inside the door and there are only six seats inside. A few tables are set up just outside and there is plenty of additional seating on a patio above the restaurant. I have never seen a restaurant for which the description “hole in the wall” was more apt.

I wasn’t sure what to order for our family of four to ensure that we had the Bruges experience, so I asked the friendly woman behind the cash register for a recommendation. We came away with one Machine Gun Sandwich, one vanilla waffle with fresh peaches and whipped cream, a second vanilla waffle with fresh strawberries and drizzled dark chocolate and a medium order of frites.

The Machine Gun Sandwich consists of lamb sausage on a fresh baguette topped with frites and homemade Andalouse sauce – a spicy homemade mayonnaise. It was huge and messy, and we ate it with forks. Remembering it makes my mouth water, though I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t like spicy foods.

The Liege Waffles are not breakfast waffles. They are made from dough, not batter, and have a heavier texture. I fell in love with the sweet vanilla flavor and then realized that I had just ordered my kids a dessert for lunch. At least the waffles were served with fresh fruit. I suspect that the peaches were fresh from the farmers market.

We had sampled our share of farmers market fare and it was a hot day, so that order was more than enough to feed our family. My husband and I shared the Machine Gun Sandwich and some of the kids’ waffles. We were all too full to make much of a dent in the frites.

Calorie-wise, Bruges Waffles and Frites is a splurge. There are no salads, or anything else resembling “health food” on the menu. It’s a guilty pleasure, but in my opinion, guilt is much better spent on really good food like this than at a cheap fast food chain.

Additional locations are open on Highland Drive in Sugarhouse and at the Canyons Ski Resort in Park City during ski season. A new location will open soon in Provo. There is also a Waffle Bus, and you can find its schedule at www.brugeswaffles.com/bruges-bus.

Our whole family found Bruges Waffles and Frites immensely satisfying and we look forward to a return visit.

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Hi there! I am the founder of Tips for Family Trips. I am a married mom of two children, ages 10 and 12, living near Salt Lake City, Utah. We took our first child on a two-week road trip when she was four weeks old and we have been traveling as a family ever since. We love to get out of the house to see and do fun things, both far away and in our own neighborhood.

3 Comments

  1. I’m going to take an undecided position here. I really like light fluffy waffles, so I’m not sure that the heavier dough would be my favorite, but the toppings sound fabulous, and anything that gets Belgian chocolate drizzled over it has to be good. The Machine Gun Sandwich sounds great though, in spite of it’s slightly violent sounding name.

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  2. I love this place, definitely one of my favorite places in Salt Lake!

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  3. The vanilla flavor of the waffle is what got me. I won’t turn down a light, fluffy waffle myself, but it isn’t often that the waffle gets to be more than a neutral base for the toppings. I agree that everything tastes better with Belgian chocolate. They could have drizzled it across the sandwich and I would probably have loved it. If you ever get a chance to try Bruges, let me know your final decision.

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