Brendas French Soul Food
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Bike Parking: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, American, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Brenda Brenda Brenda, where did your soul go? For some reason I remembered you being so much better 3 years ago. Now everything is just adequate. The food is good enough but definitely not worth it if you have to wait longer than 15 mins.
Shrimp Pot Pie - more like sprimp gumbo with a crust at the bottom and cheese melted on top. Flavor is good but definitely not a pot pie.
Pork Belly with Hashbrown - Good. You can't really go wrong with pork belly, potato, and a runny egg.
Beignets (apple, plain, Ghiradeli chocolate) - Ok. Too thick and dry for my liking.
Would I come back? Only if a friend of mine wants to come here and the line is less than a 15 min wait. There's too many options in SF to say this is THE spot.
12/22/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This place is basically one big hype. I've had plenty of ""soul food"" in my lifetime and this is definitely NOT worth the 2-hour wait. We'd had the Eggs Benedict, Shrimp & Grits, and Fresh Toast and none of was too impressive. The French Toast should really be called Cream Cheese becaus with a pound of that in each slice, that's all you taste. And the ""spicy fried catfish"" in my Eggs Benedict was not flavorless and blah. In a nutshell, sloppy imitation of real soul food.
04/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
OK so you gotta wait outside and put you name on the list (I forgot the first time and had to wait an extra 20 mins).
I can't really say I have ever been a fan of cajun/french soul food until I came to Brenda's. But I have been bittenby the bug and once I finally made it inside I found the food excellent, so much so I raved and came again with friends.
It's busy and cramped but it just rocks. The gumbo is outstanding.
I had a phenomenal brunch there with some friends. I really long for New Orleans now, even though I've never been there. We tried to sample different items on the menu just make the most of our first time there.
The coffee smooth, watermelon iced tea refreshing and the food fantastic. The group shared crawfish beniets which was one of many solid decisions we made.
For my meal I chose a daily special, pumpkin pie pancakes. No maple syrup required. They were that good. The cream cheese topping was a nice touch too.
All in all, the experience was worth the wait. The food was absolutely decadent. Well done Brenda's.
01/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
WE CLOSE WHENEVER WE WANT - should be posted below their sign!
I'd driven by Brenda's more than once and saw a crowd of people. I decided to come later in the afternoon to try for a smaller crowd, so myself and two others showed up at 2:30 (a half an hour before they close) and the clipboard had CLOSED at the bottom. Beyond frustrated after having driven twenty minutes (picked up a friend whom I talked up the possibility of Brenda's to) plus five looking for parking I went inside and asked If I could take over one of the names on the list if they didn't show up. Libby the manager didn't care that it was a half hour till closing or that I had made a grand effort to get there and very rudely stated I was out of luck (in so many words).
Thanks for the wonderful.. Oh wait you were closed
Just went there this (Sunday) morning at around 10:30am. Had to wait an hour and a half before being seated - downright ridiculous and that's why I've dinged them a star. Started with beignets and had andoullie & cheddar omelette. Every bite was delicious; perhaps I was just reaallllllly hungry. Biscuit that accompanied the omlette was the best one I've ever had. So buttery and flaky. Omelette and potatoes were also well done. Good news: looks like they might be expanding next door? Saw a permit sign in front of the closed down laundromat for Brenda LLC. Hopefully they'll have a bunch more tables and the wait wont be as painful.
04/13/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Get here early and bring no one. That is my advice to you. The place is tiny and closes at 3 (I think). The food is wonderful, but if you're planning on a leisurely weekend brunch with your posse, keep walking. Brenda's food is worth the wait, the french toast and sweet tea keeps me coming back, but she needs about 12 more seats to really fly.
03/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
First time we went here, the food was fantabulous! The second time, still pretty good. Last time, not so much! And we even brought out of town guests over and sung such high praises that we looked like schmucks after the food turned-out just so-so. What's the deal? Was it an off day? Is she getting burned-out? She looks pretty grumpy all the time even though we always try to say hi and overtip the waitstaff. What gives?
I L O V E, LOVE Brenda's!!!
It is my favorite breakfast restaurant in San Francisco. The food is incredible. Everything from the biscuits to the grits and specialty dishes are amazing.
The wait can be long, so make sure to plan for it. The place is a tiny hole in the wall (less than 20 seats total), but so are many of the best places in the city. I really like the service and always look forward to eating there.