Oct 22, 2013

Review: Bruxie - Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle

Bruxie is a Southern California waffle sandwich chain that's been expanding fairly quickly. Their Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle is a savory waffle sandwich with a breast of fried chicken and a chili honey and cider slaw.

The price for the sandwich was $6.95 with an additional charge of $2.50 for an order of waffle fries.

The chicken had a strong herb flavor from rosemary and the like and a decently crispy and very light batter (it might be soggy if you get it to go though, as there's chili honey sauce on both sides of it). I liked the herby flavor but some might find it too strong. The chicken itself was relatively moist.

The chili honey and cider slaw is a simple slaw of cabbage and is similar to a Thai sweet chili sauce with a slight bit of a tang. It works pretty well on the chicken and adds a different flavor and some fresh crunch.

The waffle was pretty interesting. It's not sweet at all and comes with a thin, crispy crust. It might actually be too crispy as it doesn't really want to cradle the chicken like a bun would. The crumb was wetter and chewier (more glutinous) than a standard waffle. I think I would have preferred a sweet waffle though, but that just might be my ideal image of chicken and waffles talking.

The waffle fries were a lot like Chick-fil-A's version but with black pepper. They were crisp and full of potato flavor but just a tad over-salted with what looks like sea salt (or kosher salt).

Overall, there's a lot to like in Bruxie's Fried Chicken & Waffles. It packed a lot of flavor for a fairly simple sandwich. I especially liked the herby chicken flavor but would have preferred just a bit more crispiness and texture from batter portion of the fried chicken.