Brenda’s French Soul Food – San Francisco, CA

It has almost become a monthly thing; where after hockey, Meep and I will have brunch w SK & A~ A’s suggestions for restaurants have never failed us and it has gotten to a point where I would text her if I was in a particular neighbourhood and needed a place to eat!

So another huge hit for Brunch – Brenda’s!! Brenda’s serves what they call French Soul Food – or simple what I call New Orleans/Cajun/Creole cuisine! Their brunch is famous for the amazing flavours and also huge portions!!

Not the easiest place to find if you don’t know what you are looking because the name “Brenda’s” is not huge BUT just look for the giant skillet!!!

During peak times, lines could be as long as a 30 minute wait. We got there at exactly 3pm so there were a couple tables available. Not a very big place with about a dozen tables in a very tight spot.

I like the ghetto rusty can utensil holder with the ol’ school method of rolling up cutlery in napkins.

“In Between” menu is offered between Brunch and Dinner menu is served beteen 3pm – 5 pm. It is quite limited but I guess it makes sense as the kitchen gets ready for dinner.

We ordered:

Hushpuppies $4

w Chipotle remoulade

Nice crusty corn bread balls with a spicy kick. They were a little on the dense side but very tasty. Sweet, salty with a nice kick to it. The remoulade was just a mayo like dip that went well with the hush puppies.

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Chicken, Sausage & Okra Gumbo (cup) $4

Gumbo was OK. Pretty average but good well developed flavours. I didn’t get as much okra as I would have liked and the chicken were white meat that were tough and grainy. The rice was surprisingly good, it was not mushy at all. Overall, good flavours but not the best thing there.

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Our Kick Ass Burger  w Gruyere ($11.75)

Kick Ass Burger w Egg ($12.75)

Kick Ass Burger with egg  AND cheese $13.75

Half pound spiced up ground chuck with gruyere, egg, caramelized onion, bread & butter pickles w their special sauce  on toasted kaiser roll

The burgers are cooked well (all according to requested temperature). We got it medium and it was nicely pink and ultra juicy. The patty was definitely spiced up! Great seasoning that had a little kick to it and flavoured the patty through and through.

The cheese came with 2 generous slices, nicely melted onto the bun – 3 options were available and 2 out of 3 of us went with the Guyere.

Their special sauce was delicious – it tasted like a mix of relish, mayo with some Cajun seasoning. The egg is cooked whichever way you like , we opted for sunny side up and it was beautiful!! The egg ties it all together so well, made it quite messy to eat since the burgers were massive and juicy. But every bite was heaven!

Oh and the kaiser roll was nicely toasted and soft. Finally the fries; I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them. They were reminiscent of McDonald’s fries but not as salty. I love soggy fries so these worked very well with me.

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Extras:

Coke $1.50
Watermelon Tea $2.25 – Very good and refreshing. Might be an acquired taste for some.
Coffee $2.25 – A little too tangy for my liking. As black as it looks, it was not very robust or dark roasted.

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Total Damage: $68 (including tax & tip)

Personal Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Very very good)

Food was pretty darn good, especially the burger that was pretty mindblowing! I loved every bite of it and even had some (about 1/2) of SK’s since he was trying to conserve his appetite since dinner was 3 hours away. The prices might seem a bit price-y after additions BUT every dollar is so worth it. I would come back for those burgers in a heart beat.

Service was OK. Not the best but acceptable… They were not gracious or smiley, and a little on the slow side but the food got to us in under 10 minutes! The servers didn’t care much about checking up on coffee needs or how we liked our meals but I guess the food speaks for itself. We got there at 3.02 pm and there were exceptions, once it is 3pm, menu switches from brunch to in between. I definitely got food envy every single time an order of eggs or beignets passed me. Definitely need to make a trip back to try the brunch we originally planned for.

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Brenda’s French Soul Food

652 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 345 8100

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