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.