Mama’s on Washington Square and Brenda’s French Soul Food was on our “must-eat” list for San Francisco. Mama’s had ridiculously long line up like that to Jethro’s in Vancouver. Brenda’s French Soul Food on the other hand was accommodating and relaxed. Although it was in a rough part of town, the Tenderloin area is equivalent and sister DTES (Downtown Eastside) to Vancouver. It was still relatively safe in the mornings!
I love the homey decor and the variety of large hanging mirrors brighten’s up the loft space. For those curious, Chef Brenda grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to San Francisco. She was first Executive Chef position at Oritalia and has been invited to cook at the James Beard House twice in New York City.
Cornmeal-fried Catfish Po’boy 9.75: with chipotle rémoulade on toasted french roll. This nicely breaded and fried catfish had all the flavors and profiles of spices. It was not oily nor greasy and made a great Filet O Fish Burger of the South.
Andouille Sausage & Cheddar Omelette 10: served with potato nuggets as hash and a blanket of tomato sauce, spices, roux, then some scallions, onions and garlic. Inside the omelette were some mushrooms and andouille sausage.
Southern cuisine is so full of flavors, complexities and culture that can not be summarized with your average grits and oily deep-fried. If you are ever in the Bay area, be sure to pay Brenda’s French Soul Food a visit. Remember, to be seated your complete party needs to be present. And specials are on the wall!
Brenda’s French Soul Food
Cuisine: French, Soul Food, Southern
Mon 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States