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Brown Sugar Kitchen Review [Oakland]

I finally made it to Brown Sugar Kitchen recently after all this time. I love fried chicken so got their famous fried chicken and waffles. The fried chicken was good but the waffles were amazing. Hands down the BEST waffles I have ever had. They are so different from any other ones I’ve had. They’re light, not cakey and extra crispy. They are served with this sugary butter that was completely decadent. Anyone know what the secret to their batter is??

Service was excellent despite the long line. The food took awhile, but they warn you about it since everyone orders the fried chicken and waffles. I can’t wait to go back and try their other stuff, though it will be hard not to order their waffles again. This is one of the few places that’s definitely worth the hype.

Only downside was that I had to force myself to run a few miles later in the day because of all the calories I consumed.

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Brown Sugar Kitchen
2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607

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  1. I just went for the first time as well - thought the chicken was just ok (the meat wasn't as tender or flavorful as I'd like, and I wasn't crazy about the spicing on the crust) but agree that the waffle was amazing. I think the batter had to have been enriched with butter and lightened with beaten egg whites, don't know if there's some other magic involved. When I go back, I think I'll just get two orders of waffles, no chicken. Like you said, definitely worth the hype.

    Also enjoyed the light, chewy beignets, and the the grits with poached eggs.

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    1. re: daveena

      Any reports on the ribs? I agree completely with the OP (except I didn't run a few miles) - I thought about getting the waffle with the ribs the next time.

    2. Our favorite items at BSK are the beignets, waffles, grits, oyster po-boy and greens. The chicken is very hit and miss. When it's good, it's really good. Unfortunately they're just as often a miss so we've stopped ordering the chicken after receiving too many orders of mediocre chicken. We've never ordered the ribs.

      We've tried most of the items in their bakery case but most were just meh, especially the cheddar bacon biscuit which we found to be dry and greasy. Cookies were better than the banana or other loaf breads.

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        1. I have to laugh at your "run a few miles later in the day" comment calalilly - I did the Oakland Marathon earlier this year and the course went by BSK around the 20-mile mark or so. They had ALL sorts of goodies laid out that were so tempting to grab and eat as you ran by, but they always say you don't try any food you haven't had before during a race, lest you risk gastro-intestinal issues.

          Your review makes me want to go by and try their waffles - haven't had a good waffle in a long long time

          1. We split off some discussion of waffle recipes to our Home Cooking board. You can find that topic here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/720434