Brenda's French Soul Food

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Brenda's French Soul Food
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Fried Catfish Eggs Benedict at Brenda's French Soul Food

Brenda’s is known for its old-school New Orleans charm and Creole classics. The gumbo is loaded with chicken, sausage and okra, and the shrimp and grits come smothered in tomato-bacon gravy. (Of course, fried chicken is a reoccurring star, whether in a Benedict or on a biscuit.) Choose from plain, chocolate, apple or crawfish beignets, all fresh from the fryer.


Venue name: Brenda's French Soul Food
Address: 652 Polk St
San Francisco

Opening hours: Sat 8am–3pm, Sun 8am–8pm
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The words French and soul food have never looked better together. 

Sunday morning brunch at 10:30am and the restaurant was packed! They have a nice system going where you write your name and # of people in your party on a chalkboard. Kinda gives you an idea as to how many people are in front of you instead of constantly asking the hostess how much longer. Plenty of metered parking outside. Stop by Libby's next door to grab a cup of coffee while you're waiting. 

The Food: 

Cup of Chicken, Sausage & Okra Gumbo, $3.75 - Umm, can I order an entire pot of this stuff next time? The chicken was so tender and the seasoning was on point. 

Crawfish Beignets, $9 - First time trying crawfish and first time trying beignets. Some much cheese and the cayenne pepper was a nice touch. Loved it! This comes with 3.

Three Chocolate Beignets, $6 - Hallelujah Ghirardelli. For all you chocolate lovers, this is a must. The chocolate inside is melted and oozing. Delicious. This comes with 3.

Pulled pork eggs Benedict with cheddar grits, $13.50 - First time having eggs Benedict on biscuit and it was a life changing experience. You know it's a good biscuit when your knife cuts through completely on your first try. I'm practically salivating as I write this. The pulled pork was lip smacking good. A must try and a longtime favorite. 

Fried Chicken Benedict, $12.75 - Fried chicken on an eggs Benedict made with biscuits and home fries on the side? ...'Nuff said. 

Guava and orange mimosas, $7 each. 

Everything including tax came out to be $64.16 for two people. 

The Service: Server was Justin - he was great! Always checked in on my table and was super friendly.


I LOVE Brenda’s. I try to get brunch there whenever I’m nearby (which isn’t as often as I’d like). I was definitely skeptical about coming the first time, because I’m not big on brunch. This place has changed my mind. I love food with spice and heat, and Creole food for brunch hits the spot. My personal favorites include the Gumbo and Shrimp & Grits. Splurge and split (of don’t!) a beignet flight with friends. The granny smith apple beignet has the right amount of sweetness while the crawfish beignet has the right amount of kick. Be sure to go early to avoid the long weekend lines!


This place is gravy! Nothing like a heaping plate of soul food... and now there's a Brenda's location on Divis called Brenda's Meat & Three—one meat, three sides, you choose. The food at both Brenda's locations is simple, no-nonsense stuff that still manages to taste rich and well thought out. One of my favorite little touches is the ability to order just a "taste" of Brenda's famous gumbo—smaller than a cup, but perfect to add on to a meal when you get a craving.