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Bruxie: Chicken, Waffles, & Perfect Weather

Happy 1st of September! I can’t believe the year has gone by so quickly. It’s almost time to bring out my boots and scarves for our chilly fall; well, by California’s standards at least. The weather was near perfect today, so J and I decided to take Casey out and have lunch at Bruxie, since we had an eFoodie deal.

I’ve been to Bruxie a few times in the past, but since it’s a bit out of the way, I’m far from a regular. I’ve ordered their waffle sandwiches before, which are great. The quality of the ingredients is fantastic, and the service has always been great. For those who are apprehensive of waffles in savory food, fear not. The waffles aren’t sweet, but have a perfect light, crispy texture.

I ordered the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Cobb Salad, which came with chopped fried chicken, tomatoes, eggs, avocado, bacon, and bleu cheese, which I substituted for cheddar. It was topped off with ranch dressing and a thin, circular waffle. The salad was a bit pricey for its size, but it was tasty and hit the spot.

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I gave the bacon pieces to this little cutie since I don’t eat bacon. And, really, how could I say no to this cute little face?

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Josh ordered the Bacon Avocado Burger, which looked delicious! Since Bruxie is a waffle joint, the hamburger bun was replaced with a waffle. I’m fairly certain he finished it with a few bites. I asked him how he would describe it and he said “juicy, meaty, and bacon-y”. Well, sounds like he picked a winner.

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Bruxie doesn’t have traditional sodas, so I ordered a “lemon lime” drink in lieu of Sprite, which is typically a rare treat for myself. It was good, and not too sweet. It reminded me of the drinks at Mendocino Farms.
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J ordered a Strawberry Lemonade, which was perfectly refreshing. Plus, did I mention we got free refills?
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My favorite thing about outdoor seating is the people watching. While so many people were fascinated by Casey’s cuteness (no, I’m not just saying that!), I loved watching the sporadic groups of people walking by.

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There were a few other people in the patio with us, but besides that, it was pretty quiet. The food was delicious and quality was great, but given its price and portion, I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it on a regular basis.

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I wanted to check out a new bakery across the street, so J and I split a “brookie”, which is, you guessed it: a brownie and cookie combo. It had a hint of coffee in it, but had the right texture, which is essential for the perfect brownie.

Bruxie
Similar to Bruxie, the prices were a little higher than expected, so I don’t plan on visiting too often. But, remember, it’s ok to treat yourself every now and again! When in doubt, say yes to the Brookie. :)

Jay’s Coffee & Waffles

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J was craving waffles and pancakes and asked if we could find some. As a rule of thumb, I stay away from Denny’s/IHOP and will only go there for desserts after midnight, on special circumstances. There’s nothing scarier than the thought of getting food poisoning from “Moons over My Hammy”….

I had heard of Jay’s Coffee & Waffles a couple times in passing, but had never been able to make it over there. It’s conveniently located right across from CSU Fullerton, but is slightly hidden behind the curve of the building, next to The Habit and The Flame Broiler.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, although I did know that waffles were $4.44. Yes, you read that correct. Now it isn’t just $4.44 for a waffle and toppings are extra. The price includes ALL THE TOPPINGS YOU WANT. As a fruit maniac, I was ecstatic. (Why can’t Yogurtland be like that?!)

The restaurant is much larger than it looks; hardwood floors, wooden tables, and comfortable couches give it the typical coffee shop feel with an elegant twist. We were greeted by the man behind the counter (Jonathan) who graciously explained everything. We were given sheets of paper to fill out and check off exactly what we wanted. Both J and I went with buttermilk waffles. He was much more tamed with his choices than I was!
My buttermilk waffle included: mangoes, mandarin oranges, bananas, strawberries; mango drizzle; vanilla whip crème; chocolate chips, powdered sugar. I didn’t feel too guilty about it as it was brunch. ;)  All the fruit was fresh and delicious. The choices were out of this world! Things that I will have to try next time, in some sort of combination include: nutella, apples, strawberry whip creme, granola, and blueberries. The portion size was massive for the price, and I could barely finish one waffle!

J and I also shared (well, he had most of it) an Oreo Shake, which was so delicious! The first thing I noticed about it when I picked it up was that it was so heavy. It reminded me of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and how it’s much heavier and more dense than its competitors because it’s made with real ingredients. That’s always a good sign!
On my way out, a large map on the wall caught my eye. Many people had marked where they were from and I was eager to join in the fun. Just as I took out an orange pin to mark on Sri Lanka, I was greeted by a man who began talking to me about the value of such a “conversation piece.” After J and I talked to him for a few minutes, we realized he was the owner. When we asked if he was Jay, he said no, but that “Mitch’s Coffee & Waffles” just wouldn’t sound so great! Mitch was a kind, knowledgeable soul who truly warmed up the restaurant and gave it that Mom & Pop feel.

He spoke of his employees with such respect that it was easy to see why the establishment ,which just celebrated its 1st Anniversary, was so well-run. The three of us continued to chat for about fifteen minutes next to the map, just like old friends. Mitch talked of his past jobs, ideas for new products (a very special tea strainer) and the addition of pasta to the menu (!!!!).

It’s people like Mitch who give Fullerton businesses a great name. I had high expectations going into Jay’s, and left feeling inspired, eager for new plans, and, of course, quite full!

I highly recommend you head on down to Jay’s Coffee & Waffles, but make sure you come with an empty stomach!

With a Latte Love,
Nats