1st Time to Brenda's French Soul Food
Finally got a chance to try Brenda's for lunch today. Great looking specials on the board, but I went with the 7x7 mag recommendation and ordered the shrimp po' boy ($9.50 w/ fries or slaw). Very tasty. Not as many and not as big shrimp as at Yat's, but at least it didn't fall apart on me. Still, if you don't lose a few shrimp while eating a po' boy, it probably didn't have enough to start with. It came on toasted garlic bread, so I doubt it is authentic, but still very tasty. It may have been just a tad heavy on the chipotle moyo though. By comparison, the Yat's offering was kind of dry.
Lots of other things looked really good and the waitress said they offer shrimp grits on occasion, so I'll definitely be back.
Brenda's French Soul Food
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
We started with the sampler of beignets; three sweet (plain with powdered sugar, chocolate-filled, and apple filled) and one savory, filled with crawfish. Surprising to me, the crawfish was the clear winner and I could make a full meal on these!
Three of shared each other's entrées; a home-town fry with bacon and ham served with cheese grits and a biscuit. I ordered a special of the day; a frittata with crawfish, andouille sausage, and shrimp topped with cheddar cheese (also with grits and a biscuit). A third of us ordered the shrimp po-boy with slaw.
A very hot day, we were thrilled with the house-made watermelon ice tea with a hint of basil.
We were incredibly impressed with the food, despite the hour wait for a table. The biscuits (with house-made strawberry jam) were monstrously huge. All of the food was ample and after sharing the beignet sampler, I was the lucky duck to be able to take home most of my frittata, a whole biscuit, and almost 2/3rds of the grits -- all of which were greatly appreciated the next day.
Now I just have to figure out the best time to go when there isn't a line -- just to get the crawfish beignet!
Let me just say that I consider myself a breakfast expert. Having just returned to Sydney (Aus) from trip to CA, and can honestly say that breakfast at Brenda's was without doubt the best breakfast dining experience of my trip, and probably one of my top breakfast experiences of all time.
We were lucky enough to be there on a day when the shrimp grits special was on, recommended by a fellow customer, I cannot over emphasise just how good this dish was.
Excellent and friendly sevice in a vibrant, cosy atmosphere. Sure seating is limited, we sat at the counter because we didn't care to queue for a table, but I think that all adds to the charm.
If you want a great breakfast, you will struggle to do better than Brenda's