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Brenda's French Soul Food

Map & Directions 652 Polk
San Francisco, CA 94102
  • American, Cajun, Creole, Soul Food, Southern
  • Sun 8am-8pm, Mon-Tue 8am-3pm, Wed-Sat 8am-10pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, cash
  • Takeout, Private Party, Kid Friendly, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
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  • Not Accepted
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SF Weekly's Description

Brenda Buenviaje's Creole-inspired restaurant in the Tenderloin is twice the size it used to be, the decor as monochromatic and still as the old space was color-soused and cluttered. But the legendary brunch lines at Brenda's French Soul Food have not abated, nor has the reputation of Buenviaje's biscuits, chocolate-filled beignets, po-boys, and shrimp and grits. At dinner, the old favorites are tasting a little tired. The barbecued oysters, however, are alternately fiery and creamy, and the banana-bread pudding is so rich you'll have to devour it in microscopic spoonfuls. Always worth ordering: the wall specials, wich range from crawfish Monica to muffaletta.

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  • AskMen on 09/24/10

    Serves up beignets stuffed with crawfish, apple or chocolate, & goodies like shrimp over cheddar grits. The po' boys here are as yummy as anything you could find in the Big Easy.

  • Brian on 01/23/12

    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the crawfish beignets are delicious. Yum!

  • Jennifer M. on 02/14/10

    The crawfish beignet was to die for.

  • 7x7 Magazine on 01/27/10

    Oh boy, have the fried-shrimp po'boy...it's #42 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010.

  • Thrillist on 06/13/13

    The Hangtown Fry may be the true breakfast of champions: A crispy oyster, bacon & scallion scramble with girts and a biscuit.

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