Monday, October 22, 2012

The Scene: Brugge Brasserie

The Brugge Brasserie is a Belgian-style brewpub in Broad Ripple.  They are known for their excellent food (especially the frites and mussels, though everything I've tried is very good), and, of course, their beer.


UntitledThe Brugge has two stories; the bottom floor is a cozy (or cramped?) restaurant, and the top floor has more of a traditional sports bar feel.  The table tops are copper, with holes at each setting.  It took me a little while to figure out what the holes were for (I wasn't sure until I actually saw them in use), but I finally realized they were used to hold the paper cones which the frites come in.  Their most famous dish is probably the Moules Frites, two pounds of Prince Edward Island mussels and a cone of pomme frites.  The mitraillettes (sandwiches served under a pile of the pomme frites) are all delicious, and I've heard good things about their crêpes, but have yet to bring myself to order anything that doesn't come with the pomme frites.  Also, it would be remiss of me not to mention the sauces that come with the frites; there are 12 different, fresh made sauces to choose from.

UntitledThe Brugge has a rotating selection of their own beers on tap, though the Tripel de Ripple and the Black are usually available, along with one or two others.  Their beer selection is a little more volatile right now, since they are currently in the process of moving their brewing operations from Terre Haute to downtown Indianapolis, along with a new restaurant (though it will have different food than the current one).  There are also usually between three and five guest taps.  The guest taps are usually quite good, but I'm usually to busy drinking the Brugge's beer to give too many of them a try.

Overall, the Brugge is one of my favorite restaurants in the area.  The service can occasionally be underwhelming, but the great food and beer more than make up for it.  If you're in the mood for a Belgian, the Brugge is the place to go in Indianapolis.

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