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Brugge Brasserie
Moules & Frites in Broad Ripple

Linda and I love to go out for lunch on Sunday. We do it with some frequency and after our second visit this summer to the Brugge Brasserie in Broad Ripple, we decided that it was so good that we had to rewrite our review. In spite of the fact that... one, it's in Broad Ripple, and two, it's a brew pub with a very short wine list. We don't drink beer. But Wine Guy and beer aficionado, Mark Finch, tells me that they brew some of the best in town. And these days, Broad Ripple is easier on our more "mature sense of fun" on Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday night. Brugge overlooks the Monon Trail just off Westfield Blvd. and has some great, shaded outdoor seating that makes for some pretty good people watching. Although, at noon on Sunday, the mostly young people passing by look either pretty sweaty from the trail or pretty hung over from Saturday night.

So, what kept bringing us back? The best moules frites in the city, perhaps the best we have ever had. Named for the city of Brugge, in Belgium, they execute their national dish to a tee. Actually, the menu also includes plenty of other Belgian and French specialties like crêpes, pâtés, and charcuterie, along with Belgian stews, steak frites and French bread sandwiches. On our most recent visit, we started by sharing the small seasonal charcuterie plate that arrived in a beautiful presentation that included a generous slice of Nduja, a spicy spreadable salumi, along with crostini, apple slices, grapes, candied walnuts and almonds. Not only was it excellent, at $6.95 it was a bargain... the larger $11.95 portion must be dinner for two.

While the wine selections are woefully short, the Steele Cuvee Chardonnay from California was a great match with the food and fairly priced at $40 a bottle.

The two pound pot of Prince Edward Island mussels we shared, $19.95, is offered with your choice of being prepared in one of eleven different steaming broths, from traditional to curry, chili or Cajun. We have a tough time getting by the Provencal that combines butter, herbs de Provence, shallots, garlic and Chardonnay. The mussels that arrive, perfectly steamed, with bread for dipping, are small to medium in size and very tender. You can tell (and our waiter confirmed) that the steaming liquid was freshly seeing how fresh the bits of shallot and garlic are, and how green the herbs have remained. Simply delicious....

And then there are the crisp Pomme sure to upgrade to large for $1.00. They are served in a cone with your choice of three of twelve dipping sauces. We always choose the garlic aioli and homemade ketchup, and then experiment with the third. This time it was the blue cheese and it was very good. And someday, we really will try something else on the interesting and varied menu.

Brugge Brasserie

1011 East Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46220
(317) 255-0978