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Brenda’s French Soul Food

18 Jan

Line outside Brenda's French Soul Food, Tenderloin

Sunday in the city means brunch! One of San Francisco’s best brunch spots is Brenda’s French Soul Food. Though its location may be questionable (in the Tenderloin district), its brunch is not – check out the cluster of hungry, waiting patrons.


Just inside Brenda’s main doors is a huge blackboard, handy for seeing how many diners are ahead of you in line. Our wait for a party of 2 was 45 minutes. The restaurant is divided into two long sections with high ceilings, each with its own entrance. Once seated, AW and I each ordered the morning’s drink special –¬† passionfruit mimosas! Delicious.

The top portion of Brenda’s brunch menu is devoted to beignets, so AW and I ordered the beignet flight – a sampler the includes one each of Brenda’s four beignets (plain, chocolate, Granny Smith apple, and crawfish). Warning: these beignets are full size donuts, not dainty little donut holes.

Beignet sampler

The beignets themselves were not as light an fluffy as I had expected. They were denser, much like Chinese donuts often served with rice congee, so they were really quite filling. The plain beignet wasn’t particularly memorable, but the savory crawfish version was creamy and unique. Because we wanted to save room for our entrees, we didn’t try the chocolate and apple beignets, and got them packed up to go.


AW had the shrimp and cheddar grits:

Shrimp and Grits

I had the catfish Benedict on cream¬† biscuits with creole hollandaise, with a huge portion of potato hash. Mmmm…DSC01220

The crowds are not mistaken – Brenda’s delivers a solid, Southern comfort food for brunch.

Info: Brenda’s French Soul Food, 652 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 USA

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