No one does fries better than the Belgians. With a father from Holland, and several trips to Holland under my belt, I’ve had more than my share of fries — frites, they’re called over there (pronounced like “freets”).
So I always enjoy a trip to the Brugge Brasserie in Broad Ripple for some of the delicious freets, and a mitraillete (sandwich). I had a chance to have a lunch meeting with my friend, Kelly, a couple of weeks ago, and we decided to head to the Brugge.
The Brugge is well-known around the Central Indiana region for making their own beers and sodas. I was there once a few years ago and had the best black cherry soda ever, but have not been able to be there at the same time since. I think I ended up drinking six of the things before I left. But if you enjoy Belgian style beer, try the Trippel de Ripple. They only give you two of the things though, so go easy.
They also have three crepe griddles, and can make outstanding dinner and dessert crepes. But I always go for the mitrailletes (sandwiches), because they’re loaded with fries. And like any real Belgian frites place, you can choose from a variety of sauces including mayonnaise (not American mayonnaise, but real Belgian frite mayonnaise), garlic aioli, homemade ketchup, and a hot curry sauce, to name a few.
Whether you’re having a crepe or a mitraillete, you can choose from the meatloaf, duck, chicken, or even scrambled eggs and roasted tomato (crepes only). The decor is comforting, the room is warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and an inviting place to sit for a while. You don’t just dash in, eat, and leave. In true European style, you sit, eat, talk, and eat and talk some more.
I don’t get to the Brugge as often as I’d like, but get to go often enough to get more than my fill of some great Belgian food and a brief memory of wandering around Brussels when I was a teenager, enjoying the fruits — or is that frites — of the country, and everything they had to offer.