On August 6, 2013, Heritage Plaza Center welcomed Bruxie Irvine to its community of shops and restaurants. This bustling center is an excellent location for Bruxie due to its close proximity to the 5 Freeway to conveniently serve both residents and daily commuters. With yellow and red interior brand colors, you won’t even have to look at the name; you’ll know you’re at Bruxie!
Chocolate Soda Float Special is homemade chocolate soda with a float of soft serve frozen custard. It reminded me of diet chocolate soda from the early 1980s. It was definitely something out of the ordinary, but anything mixed with their soft serve frozen custard makes everything better! I give them kudos for the creativity.
Fresh Strawberry Shake is fresh strawberries blended with soft serve frozen custard. The frozen custard made a lovely base for this shake, not too sweet and very creamy. I just love their shakes! Thumbs up, way up!
Nutella & Bananas with Sweet Cream is scrumptious! You’ll often find this combination with crepes but it works really well on waffles too! Nutella, with its chocolate hazelnut flavor, worked really well with the bananas (imagine a chocolate covered banana). The waffle was a convenient vehicle to get these to flavors to your taste buds. Thumbs up, way up!
Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle topped with chili honey and cider slaw. I had this for the first time at the Bruxie location in Chino Hills and absolutely loved it. But, this time, it wasn’t as good. The chicken was not as crispy as it should have been and was soggy from the honey and cider. I’ll let it slide assuming that it was probably just opening jitters.
Green Eggs & Ham is grilled ham, Tillamook cheddar, jumbo egg, mayo, and arugula pesto. I absolutely loved this sandwich! The arugula pesto added a slightly bitter, yet pleasing flavor combination with the slightly salty ham, sharp Tillamook cheddar, and creamy yolky egg. It’s good any time of day, not just breakfast. Thumbs up, way up!
Hot Pastrami Bruxie is Boar’s Head Pastrami with gruyere, cider slaw, spicy brown mustard and half sour pickles. Boar’s Head meats are sliced fresh daily on-site. I also had this for the first time in Chino Hills but wasn’t impressed. I don’t know what they did differently here, but this time, it was fantastic! The pastrami was tender and not too overpowering. You could taste the creamy gruyere and pickles. I’m not a big pickle fan, but actually liked it this time. Thumbs up!
The Elvis is, you guessed it, peanut butter, bacon, and banana. I think I have “A Big Hunk O’ Love” for this sandwich. “Funny How Time Slips Away” while eating this and is now my favorite sandwich at Bruxie. I can see why Elvis loved this freaky combination – creamy, natural peanut butter, salty bacon, and a sweet ripe banana. It’s “Heartbreak Hotel” for me until my next visit. Thumbs up, way up!
S’Mores is Belgian chocolate, graham cracker & toasted marshmallow. The flavor has improved since my visit to Chino Hills. Still needs more graham cracker flavor, but marshmallow and chocolate is another one of my favorite combinations. It was gooey, sweet, and decadent! Thumbs up!
Smoked Salmon Lox & Dill Cream Cheese is Michele Cordon Bleu Cold Smoked Salmon with herb cream cheese, cucumbers, and chives. A classic dish conveniently served on a waffle. The smoked salmon was fabulous – smoked just right, not too salty, yet retaining its buttery texture like sashimi. The cucumbers added a crisp, refreshing flavor. Simple yet brilliantly executed! Thumbs up, way up!
Make plans today to stop at Bruxie Irvine for lunch or dinner tomorrow! Come in and experience “The Bold Fold” yourself!
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars
For more information:
Bruxie (at Heritage Plaza Center)
14376 Culver Dr
Irvine, CA 92604
- They have 5 other locations in Old Towne Orange, Brea, Rancho Santa Margarita, Chino Hills, and Huntington Beach.