Remember the last time I asked if there was any restaurants that you wanted to try, but never got around to it?
Well, sir, I have another one for you! Brenda’s French Soul Food has unanimously became a San Francisco staple, and I have yet to try it. Not because I never got around to it, but because it’s really hard to get into. I’m talking about a hour and a half wait on the weekends, which is not what I want to wake up to in the mornings. Good news is, Chi and I somehow managed to work our schedules where we were both available in the early afternoon for brunch on a weekday! This rarely happens.
We went there by chance to see how crowded it was; luck was on our side when we found out it was only a 20 minute wait. The waiting list was pretty unique, they had a huge chalk board wall that you just write your name onto. I also really appreciated the architecture and design of this restaurant, I felt like I walked into a portal and found myself in New Orleans.
Chi and I usually order family style, so we can maximize our menu selections.
Him: One of everything sounds great.
Next time I come, I will try the Crispy Pork Belly with grits. Chi doesn’t eat the pig, so we opt for a non-swine brunch.
We started off with the Beignet Flight, which was a sampler of four different kinds: Crawfish, Granny Smith Apple, Chocolate and Plain. These were the talk of the town, so we just had to.
I never eat seafood (besides shrimp, fried calamari and jellyfish), but I just had to taste the Crawfish beignet. To my surprise, it tasted more like a cheese beignet, which I was really happy about! I should probably give real crawfish a try, maybe I will like it.
Next to come out was a Cornmeal-fried Shrimp Po’Boy. This was my favorite out of the bunch, the shrimp’s breading was a hit between the two of us. They did a really good job.
We also ordered the Grillades & Grits, which consist of beef cutlets braised in spicy creole gravy, served with grits & two eggs. We like our eggs over easy, and they came out so runny and delicious. I never tried grits before, but I’m sad to say I’m not really a fan. 🙁 I think it’s a texture thing.
And to leave this meal with one, lonely piece of fried chicken. We also heard this was a favorite, but three entrees was going to be overload, so I just got a piece to try. The breading on the chicken was also done really well, like the shrimp.
I’ve been pathetically begging Chi to come here with me for the past 4 months, so it’s great to finally see what the hypes about. I just want to thank Brenda’s for serving my favorite hot sauce, Crystals. My meal wouldn’t of been the same without it!
To counter all the fried goodness we had, I made myself a healthier breakfast the next day. First, can we talk about how cute this cup of coffee is? There’s the Golden Gate Bridge next to a cable car, with the Transamerica Building in the background.
I made myself a bowl of Fage yogurt with a double serving of strawberries, raspberries and bananas that I bought last weekend from Trader Joe’s. I also topped everything with a spoonful of a Chia seed/buckwheat mixture. It’s so nice to get to sit down and eat breakfast; I’m usually out the door by 7:15a most mornings, and usually just grab a banana or apple on the way out.
Which beignet would you choose to eat? Do you like more hearty or sweet breakfasts?