Brenda's French Soul Food will take you out of the Tenderloin and place you in New Orleans. Special thanks to Chef Brenda Buenviaje for bringing some Creole cooking to San Francisco. She's part Filipina. Plus 1,000 points for my culture!
If you are planning on brunching at Brenda's, come early. The line is long and the people come out in droves, even on a weekday. Brenda's does a great job on service, especially with large groups. Our waitress had it all down to a science.
We ended up with a variety of dishes on our table since we had a party of 12. We had everything covered from sandwiches and savory dishes to breakfast foods and sides from Muffaletta and sweet potato pancakes to Shrimp & Grits and jambalaya. For the table to share we had the plain beignets and crawfish ones. They were amazing, especially the crawfish. My cousin said the crawfish was the best of all the choices but I want to find out for myself. On my next visit I want to try the apple and chocolate ones too!
|Crawfish Beignets Innards|
|Sweet Potato Pancakes|
It was hard to make a decision on what to get since I heard everything was good but I settled on the Catfish Po'boy for my lunch. Plates at Brenda's are massive and cost approximately $10 a dish. I really liked the French fries. They were spiced and my Catfish Po'boy was spot on except for the bread. It was a little heavy. Towards the end, I was just eating the catfish. I also got BFC chicken wing. The fried chicken is so delicious. Finger lickin' good like how Kentucky Fried Chicken was back in the day.
BFC Chicken Wing
Brenda's will have you fed and on your way in no time. You won't even feel rushed. It's definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. I'd even call it worthy of a destination.
Brenda's French Soul Food
652 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102