1011 Westfield Blvd
Visited on December 21, 2007
Brugge Brasserie just barely misses out on making my Top 10 list. Perhaps now that I have more of an appreciation for Belgians I would change my mind today. But as it was, I only really liked their dark Belgian when I used to frequent their establishment. And one outstanding beer does not a Top 10 brewpub make.
But the establishment is awesome. The tables are copper and they have holes in them to hold your cone of frites (fries). Their homemade dipping sauces are off the charts. And you can get awesome mussels and crepes. What’s not to love?
Patrons of this Indianapolis jewel are greeted by a giant logo on the side of the building depicting flowers flowing out of a simply styled goblet. It’s fun, it’s unique, and it sets the stage well for the interior. A small restaurant, the place definitely has a homey feel that is hard to achieve in a microbrewery. The tables are copper with holes to hold the cones of Pomme Frites (Belgian for French Fries). The small feel and unique décor makes this brewpub a wonderful place to relax and enjoy some company.
The grub is Belgian fare through and through. From savory crepes, to French bread sandwiches, to pomme frites, the food is excellent. The frites come with your choice of two homemade sauces, each of which make regular ketchup seem like a waste of time. But the main star of the restaurant are the muscles. No less than 2 pounds of fresh, St. Thomas muscles are expertly prepared in a variety of sauces. I tried the traditional Belgian, and was extremely happy. I never would have though such tiny morsels could eventually fill me up, but they did. For dessert, savory crepes are the standard, which are good, but I prefer rich and sweet to savory.
Do one thing and do it well. Brugge does just this by relegating their brewing practices to just three or four Belgians at any one time. But that’s fine, because they are excellent examples of the style. From light and crisp to dark and yeasty, if you like Belgian beer, you will adore Brugge Brasserie.