Bruges Waffles and Frites is a waffle restaurant in downtown Provo, located near the soon-to-be Provo temple, that claims to have authentic Belgian waffles. Bruges offers a wide array of foods including waffles with toppings, waffle sandwiches, non-waffle sandwiches and assorted desserts. Bruges has become somewhat of a favorite among locals, with glowing reviews and word-of-mouth fame, so I thought I’d pay a visit.
Bruges has a warm, welcoming feel as European music plays softly in the background. The staff, at least upon my visit, were less welcoming. Receiving service took several minutes in spite of the 4:00 lull.
Prices are high for a student, with single waffles going for $3.50, no toppings included. A single topping ranges from $1.00 to $4.00, not to mention the “machine gun sandwich” that costs $9.25. Sure, the sandwich may be famous, being featured on Man V. Food©, but $9 seems a bit much. Most items on the menu need a 20-30% price slash, without which, Bruges makes for an underwhelming experience.
Price aside, Bruges does make a better than average waffle. The waffle is crisp yet soft, a melt-in-your-mouth kind of crispness. The flavor is exactly what you are looking for in a waffle. Add a little whipped cream that costs $1.25 and is advertised as crème fraîche and the waffle is good to go. The machine gun sandwich is an oddball. This sandwich is very heavy handed in taste and not for everyone. Between the andalouse sauce covering the lamb sausage and the “frites” on top of it, there is a nice kick to the sandwich. Still, for the price you’re paying, the sandwich is only a smidgen above average.
Conclusion: food was overpriced but pleasant, above average in quality. Strong 6/10.