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Brown Sugar Kitchen

Brown Sugar Kitchen

(Now Closed)
Southern Food Restaurant and Breakfast Spot$$$$
West Oakland, Oakland
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  • Kartik S.heart icon on user image
    Kartik SathappanApril 1, 2018
    Chicken was crispy, waffles were light, butter and apple syrup were delicious. Mac n cheese was on point. Smoked yams were delicious too. Finished the meal with a sweet potato pie w/ ice cream.
  • Best of
    Best ofJuly 31, 2014
    Brown Sugar Kitchen in West Oakland is the place to go if you love waffles, & fried chicken. Chef Tanya Holland's Organic buttermilk-fried chicken and cornmeal waffles are a delight in every bite. Read more
  • Sugar S.heart icon on user image
    Sugar Society SFJanuary 3, 2015
    Obviously the chicken and waffles are a must when you stop by. In particular the waffles, should've order more waffles with the apple cider syrup. Regular waffles will no longer cut it.... Smh
  • Kat C.heart icon on user image
    Kat CorlissMay 13, 2017
    Their beignets give most a run for their money -- way better than Brenda's. And my god, the waffle with brown butter and apple cider sauce!
  • Ricky S.heart icon on user image
    Ricky SherrillJune 11, 2016
    This is a nice place to grab breakfast during the week. I am a big guy & appreciate their large portions. Very good grits, eggs, & breakfast meats. Go early and enjoy.
  • Sloane G.heart icon on user image
    Sloane GoldenFebruary 28, 2015
    What's good here? ?? Everything. Try the chicken and waffles. Crispy chicken. Buttery waffles with apple reduced syrup. The grits. Creamy cheesy and heavenly. Gotta go. My food is coming.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelJuly 25, 2018
    Influenced by Tanya Holland's African American heritage and French culinary education, the menu features local, organic ingredients and sweet and savory dishes paired with sumptuous wines. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 13, 2015
    This cheery restaurant is always buzzing with conversation and the sound of sizzling. The food is both straightforward and lush. The light cornmeal waffle with a sweet-sour cider syrup is famous. Read more
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Chicken & Waffles! Two cornmeal waffle halves with brown sugar butter, and apple cider syrup. they also gave me 2 pieces of chicken including a breast and a leg and I love those! :)
  • Joey C.heart icon on user image
    Joey CombsMay 17, 2016
    The wait isn't that bad when you realize you get unlimited BICYCLE COFFEE refills while you wait! Are you kidding me? So awesome. Also the chicken & waffles are amazing.
  • Aliceheart icon on user image
    AliceMarch 6, 2016
    Chicken & waffles is a must - it's not too heavy which I really liked. Also the egg tart was suuuper good.
  • Chuck S.
    Chuck SlatenOctober 25, 2013
    Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle With Brown Sugar Butter & Apple Cider Syrup - This was wonderful. Probably the best Chicken & Waffles I have ever had.
  • Cameron W.heart icon on user image
    Cameron WoodwardDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Obviously the C&W are the signature, but the real surprise at Brown Sugar Kitchen is how terrific the other menu options are as well. The seasoning here is exceptional. Expect wait times.
  • Shahid C.heart icon on user image
    Shahid ChoudhryOctober 12, 2013
    Start with a fresh hot beignet and a cappucino, followed by a cornmeal waffle and Tanya Holland's special deep fried chicken, here you will find food cooked and served with LOVE!
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimOctober 27, 2014
    The best chicken and waffles I've had thus far and no I haven't tried Roscoe's yet. Gumbo was great too but that chicken and waffles. Goodness.
  • Sean G.heart icon on user image
    Sean GabrielNovember 28, 2014
    Since everyone has already left plenty of tips about the waffles... how about some love for their beignets? Equally amazing as a starter to share.
  • Lateah B.
    Lateah BealSeptember 13, 2012
    Friendly staff but this place is super overrated...we ordered the chicken & waffles along with shrimp gumbo. Id give this place a 4/10.. My taste bud deprived boyfriend thought the chicken was great
  • Going B.heart icon on user image
    Going BackMay 31, 2015
    Wow! This little cafe is amazing! The waffles are mouth watering and the customer service a super plus. Brown Sugar Cafe you Rock!
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 30, 2015
    People don't only go to Brown Sugar Kitchen for their chicken and waffles, but almost. Both truly are perfect. Read more
  • Marta T.heart icon on user image
    Marta TapperoApril 11, 2017
    The waffles The Waffles The waffles. The chicken is ok. I had the granola and it was delicious as well. Great spot!
  • Rudy R.
    Rudy RecileNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome place for Chicken and Waffles. Be sure to ask for the pieces you want (ie) breast, thigh, leg... If you have a late brunch past 12:00 Noon seating is quicker.
  • Krista marie I.heart icon on user image
    Krista marie ImusApril 7, 2016
    THE WAFFLES ARE DELICIOUS! The chicken was good. But next time, I'm ordering just a bunch of waffles
  • dedi h.heart icon on user image
    dedi hubbardApril 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I can take or leave the chicken and waffles, but I would go out of my way to have their grits and biscuits.
  • Kindred S.heart icon on user image
    Kindred SheppardSeptember 9, 2016
    There are a number of items on the menu that are worth trying... bring friends and everyone order somethin' different & share...!
  • Ru C.
    Ru ChungAugust 7, 2014
    Chx n waffles, no failing! I've had this combo on many cities and I always recommend this to any traveling to the bay!
  • Maddie Maeheart icon on user image
    Maddie MaeDecember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a side of macaroni and cheese and the seasonal vegetable. Chef will plate them together for you!
  • Carol C.
    Carol ColemanJune 12, 2013
    Always has lines. So the food must be good. Trying Pinot pork sandwich. My mom trying catfish
  • Karstenheart icon on user image
    KarstenJuly 22, 2015
    Chicken and waffles are amazing, but the ribs are pretty damn good too
  • Mario C.
    Mario ChanNovember 15, 2012
    The chicken and waffles are out of this world. That alone is worth the wait
  • John B.
    John BrownJuly 28, 2013
    I come here frequently for the cheese grits with poached eggs. If you come early on a week day, there is no wait.
  • Shelly Z.heart icon on user image
    Shelly ZordichOctober 27, 2015
    The BEST fried chicken and waffles you will ever have. The beignets are also really tasty!
  • Deny K.
    Deny KhoungFebruary 23, 2014
    Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle With Brown Sugar Butter & Apple Cider Syrup
  • Christopher F.heart icon on user image
    Christopher FelkerJuly 1, 2013
    Fantastic ... slow food (but well worth the wait). Big portions, and definitely go for the specials.
  • Mario C.
    Mario ChanOctober 14, 2012
    The Chicken and Waffles here are out of this world! A must order!
  • Jesse
    JesseApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you need to eat here on weekends abandon your friends and go alone. Usually you'll be seated immediately at the counter.
  • Sara T.heart icon on user image
    Sara TangNovember 18, 2015
    Though the skin of the fried chicken is not crispy as I expected ( actually is sort of soggy), but the flavor and texture is soooo good!
  • Lynn C.
    Lynn Christiansen EsquerSeptember 25, 2012
    I dream about the waffles (with the brown sugar syrup) and chicken. I'm pretty sure it doesn't get better than this!
  • Payton M.heart icon on user image
    Payton MillerOctober 18, 2014
    As other people have said DO believe the hype. Fried chicken and waffles is out of this world
  • David V.
    David ValentinNovember 8, 2011
    Best Chicken and Waffles in all of Oakland. And that apple butter stuff they serve with it is like crack. As for extra.
  • Prakash N.
    Prakash NairSeptember 1, 2018
    The best chicken and waffles I have had in life. Yes even better than NOLA.
  • Brittany K.
    Brittany KwongNovember 18, 2012
    Staff is amazingly nice. The wait is long but the food and staff make it all worth while.
  • Melanie W.
    Melanie W.January 31, 2013
    The smoked pork hash was excellent. I liked the cornmeal waffle, but the fried chicken is a little dry.
  • Julie T.
    Julie TrinhAugust 21, 2012
    Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle With Brown Sugar Butter & Apple Cider Syrup
  • Paula W.
    Oh my god, the cornmeal waffles are a religious experience - get them with the chicken, you will thank me personally - this is what food is supposed to taste like. Worth the wait.
  • Siddharth V.heart icon on user image
    Siddharth VanchinathanNovember 22, 2015
    Amazing fried chicken and really light waffles. Perfect combination for a brunchy Sunday.
  • Alastair T.
    Alastair TseJune 16, 2012
    Just get the cornmeal waffles, they are superb and light. It's unlike waffles you've had.
  • zippyheart icon on user image
    zippyJune 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Gumbo comes out quickly, even on busy days, and is delicious
  • George D.
    George DyJuly 29, 2012
    If it weren't for the rude wait staff. Our experience would have been very pleasant since we've heard the chicken is amazing. But the wait was really quite unbearable.
  • heathr g.
    heathr goldFebruary 17, 2015
    The dirty rice is as good as the waffles. Insane. Do it.
  • adam b.
    adam bNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Line is long, food wait often longer.. waffles come cold prices too high for quantity, can takeout anything BUT chicken and waffles ("theres a lot of factors.." - wtf?) Home of C&W instead!
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