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Brenda's French Soul Food--Report

pane | Oct 6, 200701:35 PM     14

This morning we had breakfast at Brenda's French Soul Food, a newish place that opened for weekend breakfast just a few weeks ago, and has received some good reports here.

We started with plain beignets, which were fluffy and delicious, with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top. I would definitely order these again, and would probably branch out to try the other flavors now that I've had the basic, unfilled version.

We both had egg dishes for breakfast--the Midwesterner had the andouille sausage omelet and I had the veggie omelet with corn and peppers. Eggs are served with your choice of potato hash or grits, and biscuits or toast.

Reader: do not get the toast. The biscuits are so good, there is no reason to ever get the toast here. You'll get that fluffy, warm biscuit with a pat of butter and a crock of lovely homemade strawberry jam.

The grits were very good. I've never tried grits before, and had expected them to be onomatopoetic--like a bee buzzes, I though grits would be gritty, but these were very creamy, buttery, rich and smooth. Very rich actually--I think I finished only about a quarter of the crock, but enjoyed every artery-seizing bite.

As far as the omelets, I prefer what I imagine to be the more traditional preparation--cooked in an omelet pan, ingredients added, then folded and slid out of the pan. The eggs were tasty and fluffy, with well-seasoned fillings, but the omelet itself was a bit too solidly built and cooked for me, almost like a thick egg pancake with the ingredients slapped in the middle after it hit the plate.

Overall, I thought this place was great. We paid about $40 for breakfast, with a coffee and a tea. The one downfall was the tea, actually--they serve Bigelow's English Breakfast, which is cheap and overly malty to my taste. Despite that very minor deficiency, I would definitely return to Brendas's.

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Brenda's French Soul Food
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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