Tiffany Frandsen | Deputy Managing Editor | @tiffany_mf
Bruges is this magnificently Europeanesque experience found conveniently on Center Street in Provo. Inside the eatery is little Belgium, complete with the Manneken Pis (you know, the naked boy statue fountain that looks like its peeing), brick walls with antique waffle irons hung up and open windows that give the whole dining area almost a street café feel. The waffles – oh, the waffles! – are real Belgium Liege waffles. Sugary, warm crispy waffles topped with light, sweet (but not overbearingly so) crème fraiche are a primo choice for an afternoon bite or an evening end-of-date treat. I took my waffle with crème fraiche alone, but I’ve gotten blueberries with my caramelized waffle in the past, and I don’t believe I am mistaken in saying that accompanying a Bruges waffle is the highest and most noble honor a blueberry can aspire to.
Haley Madison | Blog Editor | @haleyshantelle
I have heard about Bruges many, many times. I was anticipating their Provo store opening to get a taste for myself. They’re known for their waffles and like an idiot, I didn’t order a waffle. I got a hamburger. Apparently, when the web staff gets together, something comes over me and makes me want to order a burger. I rarely eat hamburgers but I’m at 50% when I’m with the web staff.
I ordered the Ricky Burger which is a pork burger with “Ricky sauces” and fried onions. The sauces turned out to be a barbecue like sauce and another creamy sort of sauce. I got it in a combo which included a heaping pile of fries. I chose two sauces for my fries: a spicy fry sauce and a garlic-y aioli. They were both delicious. I can see why Bruges takes such pride in their fries. They were perfect. They had a lot of flavor and were the perfect size and shape. I could eat a whole meal of just the fries.
The burger was interesting. I didn’t realize it was pork until I looked it up and that makes a lot more sense. The burger itself had a sort of crust around it and the texture of the meat was not what I was expecting with a beef burger. The flavor, however, was really nice and it went perfectly with the barbecue sauce and the other mystery white sauce. The crispy onions added a little burst of flavor every few bites which kept it interesting. I got full about half way through the meal. Luckily, we carried on a conversation long enough to be able to slowly work through the rest of the burger.
Because of the sauces, this burger was a mess. If you let yourself enjoy it, you’ll be fine. I used a good amount of napkins but I ended up okay.
The restaurant itself is really cute on the inside. It feels like you’re in a little European cafe. I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Bruges and plan to return to actually try a waffle.
Kenzie Jones | Sports Editor | @KenzieScribbler