Mardi Gras @ Brenda’s French Soul Food

How to have a rockin’ Mardi Gras Bay Area Brunch:

1) Go to Brenda’s French Soul Food.

They don’t take reservations so go early and sign your name on the chalkboard at the front of the restaurant. We spent the half hour wait checking out the specials on the blackboard and Brenda’s expanded digs, like the wall of mirrors reflecting the huge crayfish mural on the opposite wall.

2) Order the Beignet Flight

You’ll have a hard time deciding which beignet to get so get them all! Plain, super sweet Chocolate, a Granny Apple one that taste like apple pie, and my favorite the savory Crawfish one that is spiced up with cayenne and oozing with cheddar cheese and scallions.

3)  Get your drink on!

No hurricanes here but try a steaming cup of Brenda’s Cafe au Lait or Sweet Watermelon House Tea instead.

4) Throw a Dart at Your Menu

Trying to decide what to order here can be challenging and since you can’t really go wrong, turning your menu into a dartboard is as good a method as any. If you go after 11am on a weekday, you can choose from both the breakfast and lunch items. My favorites are the Hangtown Fry (scrambled eggs, fried oysters, potatoes, green onions) and the Oyster Po’ Boy during lunch.

Recently I tried the BFC, Brenda’s Fried Chicken with fries, coleslaw, and biscuit. Although I liked the cajun spices on the chicken, my favorite thing on the plate was the buttery crumbly biscuit slathered with the housemade apricot preserves. Also, pickle lovers will adore Brenda’s watermelon pickles. Steak & Eggs aficionados¬†may want to try the Grillades & Grits which is beef cutlets braised in spicy creole gravy, and comes with eggs, grits, and a biscuit.

5) Pass out in a buttery food coma.

Another reason to love Brenda’s: For those of you who like Brunch for Dinner like me, Brenda’s will be serving its brunch menu and some dinner items until 8pm on Sundays.


652 Polk Street (@ Eddy)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-8100

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