We were looking for a spot for breakfast today and decided to try Brenda's, which is newly opened on Polk just below Eddy's. Brenda's is open M-F for breakfast and lunch only, and we chose items off both menus.
Three of us shared:
an order of beignets
pancakes with fruit and nuts
biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs and a side of grits
a po'boy sandwich with pickles and cole slaw
We also tried the house watermelon sweet tea to drink, which sounded better than it tasted.
Everything was good. Beignets were fluffy and comparatively greaseless. Not quite as good at the Powerderface beignets, but completely respectable.
Pancakes were fluffy with bananas, walnuts, and peaches cooked into them. Yum! No syrup required.
Biscuits and gravy were served separately, so you could assemble them yourself. Gravy was tasty if a bit thick, and biscuits like the beignets, were fluffy rather than heavy and greasy as they are at most places. The grits were our main bone of contention: they were essentially a bowl of polenta, and not what we expected.
I loved the fried oysters and spicy remoulade, although the roll seemed a bit huge. And excellent slaw and bread and butter pickles.
Service was friendly if a little anxious to clear our plates away. Lots of appealing choices on both the breakfast and lunch menu including savory beignets, gumbo, and a lot of sandwiches. Came to $48 for 3 including tax and tip, although you could definitely have lunch for under $10. Portions were generous. It's a sweet little spot on a grimy block.
Brenda's French Soul Food
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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