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Have a Shake with that Waffle

WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Old Towne Orange eatery Bruxie takes waffles and shakes into the next level of culinary evolution.

Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches
292 N. Glassell St., Orange
888.927.8943 :: bruxie.com

When Chief Waffler Dean Simon opened up Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches in Old Towne Orange, he and partners Kelly G. Mullarney and Philippe Caupain knew they needed a distinctive drink to complement their distinctive sandwiches.

“We wanted to go with the nostalgia of the building,” Simon says of their store space, former home of Old Towne staple, Dairy Treat, “and be unique.”

The friends came up with all-natural cane sugar sodas, floats, and best of all, shakes made with Wisconsin frozen custard.

“It makes a huge difference,” Simon says of the creamy shakes that substitute custard for ice cream. Like ice cream or soft serve, frozen custard is a smooth, creamy treat – but since it’s made with a bit of egg, the end result is more velvety texture like well, custard. Mostly an East Coast thing, you’ll be hard-pressed to find frozen custard in Orange County, especially since it’s difficult to manage.

“It crystallizes very easily, “ says Simon.

The shakes are available in vanilla, chocolate and a rotating menu of seasonal flavors. Around the holidays, stop by for a candy cane shake garnished with a stick of red-and-white peppermint or the eggnog shake topped with nutmeg.

“You’ll probably see a mint shake for St. Paddy’s Day,” says Simon, “or a fresh, local strawberry shake when they're in season. We’re going to have fun with it and keep it interesting.”

You’ll also find old-fashioned root beer floats, Creamsicle floats, black cows (ice cream sodas), and even an “Old Towne” egg cream float. And besides floats, shakes and sodas, Bruxie also serves sundaes, frozen custard in a waffle cone, and of course, the delicious waffle sandwiches that have popularized the eatery.  

“In the U.S., the waffle is misunderstood," says Simon. “American waffles are more like pancakes.”

Bruxie waffles are traditional Belgium waffles that aren’t sweet but more light and yeasty. The waffle mix was actually developed years ago mainly by Caupain and is sold all over the world to hotels serving waffles in their restaurants.

They spent a year and half developing the waffle concept for their restaurant. The result was the Bruxie, a new take on an old favorite. The savory Bruxie is served with tasty fillings like smoked salmon and dill cream cheese, prosciutto and Gruyere or sundried tomatoes and goat cheese. They also serve sweet Bruxies with toppings you’re used to like fruit and cream or bananas and Nutella, and some you’re not used to like s’mores, and sweet red bean.

“We knew we wanted to find a way to make the waffle an all day affair,” Simon says.

And that they have.

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