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Brenda's French Soul Food

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Tenderloin, San Francisco
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  • Eater
    Eater1 week ago
    Brenda’s regularly offers plain, chocolate, granny smith, and even savory crawfish (pictured) beignets. Read more
    Downvoted 14 hours ago
  • JacKEY
    JacKEYJanuary 21
    I expected this place to be better for the rating it has. For me it was not so delicious.
  • Miye M.
    Miye McCulloughJanuary 12
    Worth the wait!
  • Patto R.
    Patto R.December 2, 2016
    Loved The Granny smith apple beignet! Got The beignet flight and that was my favorite.
  • Travis T.
    Travis TindellNovember 28, 2016
    Shrimp n grits is fantastic.
  • Randy W.
    Randy WongNovember 27, 2016
    Shrimp grits and beignets
  • suzie
    suzieNovember 26, 2016
    Best mac and cheese in the world. Crawfish beignets, cole slaw, fries, sandwiches, and bread pudding with bourbon sauce were all awesome.
  • Deonne C.
    Deonne CastanedaNovember 24, 2016
    The crawfish beignets are everything
  • Luna R.
    Luna RuanNovember 13, 2016
    The shrimp and grits and crawfish beignets were heavenly
  • Amy
    AmyNovember 9, 2016
    Pretend your down south and fatten up.
  • Jennifer H.
    Jennifer HaackOctober 30, 2016
    delicious but huge portions!
  • Emily J.
    Emily JordanOctober 26, 2016
    Beignets were amazing.
  • Márcio V.
    Márcio VenturiOctober 18, 2016
    The hostess was rude. Sandwich with different hams only tasted like pickles and olives. Omelette with shrimp and goat cheese: the shrimp was tasteless because it's just cooked in water with no salt.
  • Paula Z.
    Paula ZiegertOctober 11, 2016
    The beignet is a must have for sure! The DYO omelette is really good - my suggestion : caramelized onions, mushrooms & spinach!
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammOctober 10, 2016
    Amazing creole restaurant (think beignets, cheese grits, fried chicken)
  • Chris
    ChrisOctober 9, 2016
    Apple beignets the best of the options
  • Cyril Y.
    Cyril YarisantosSeptember 21, 2016
    Chocolate.Beignets.
  • Kam
    KamSeptember 16, 2016
    Crawfish beignets are a must!
  • Nika B.
    Nika BlankSeptember 7, 2016
    Creative...
  • Nana
    NanaSeptember 5, 2016
    Line is long but you gotta time it perfectly so that you can grab yourself a Philz coffee walk around a little bit and come back. Shrimp and grits was my favorite along with the crawfish beignet 😋
  • Erica J.
    Erica JacksonSeptember 3, 2016
    Shrimp & grits are superb. 👍🏾
  • Shabnam A.
    Shabnam AminiAugust 26, 2016
    I love this place! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was awesome!
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 23, 2016
    The brunch wait is worth it for the perfectly seasoned savory beignets. If you also want to sample the sweet beignets — GRANNY SMITH APPLE! CHOCOLATE! — opt for the $10 beignet flight. Read more
  • Anissa
    AnissaAugust 23, 2016
    Write your name on the chalkboard list and expect a wait! And of course GET the crawfish beignets! (and prepare for a food coma afterwards)
  • Brian T.
    Brian TranAugust 12, 2016
    Shrimp & grits are amazing
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerAugust 10, 2016
    With insane lines on the weekend (shorter during the week), Brenda's serves up delicious (and heavy/rich) dishes, including their popular beignets as well as pulled pork eggs benedict and french toast
  • Nahid A.
    Nahid AshriJuly 21, 2016
    The food is ok ... the service is bad .. angry unsocial waitress...
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BradyJuly 17, 2016
    The reflection of the ceiling fans coming off the tables may cause seizures. But the grits are great.
  • Wilson F.
    Heavy, heavy, heavy.
  • Caio T.
    Caio TurbianiJune 30, 2016
    Great southern food.
  • Cheri B.
    Cheri BreemanJune 17, 2016
    Shrimp and grits. Everything! Could eat there every day.
  • Zak L.
    Zak LitovchenkoJune 16, 2016
    brunch huge
  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroJune 5, 2016
    Shrimp and grits, crawfish beignets
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TMay 21, 2016
    The beignets are so good!! Also really loved the gumbo!
  • Karolina T.
    Beignets flight is a must!
  • Pamela W.
    Pamela WagnerApril 30, 2016
    I had the shrimp and grits and they were excellent! Creamy and seasoned just right!
  • Maria M.
    Maria MichelsenApril 25, 2016
    Orleans oysters. Beignet. Shrimp and Grits.
  • H K.
    H KApril 17, 2016
    Totally worth 45-min wait (Sunday brunch)! Beignets followed by Grillades and grits with a side of sweet potato pancake was grrreeeat :)
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChiuApril 13, 2016
    Fried chicken and beignets
  • Cody H.
    Cody HardApril 5, 2016
    Beignet flight is awesome. When they have them, pumpkin pancakes are top notch. Otherwise, can't go wrong with the fried chicken Benedict
  • Teri H.
    Teri HuMarch 30, 2016
    Do not miss out on the beignets. So incredibly light and fluffy and not at all greasy or heavy, it's an revelation; you won't ever go back to any ol' donuts no more.
  • Ruby K.
    Ruby KMarch 29, 2016
    Aha my favorite place to eat in San francisco i love love Crawfish beignet but everything else is also ridiculously delicious. Getting hungry while writing this review, no joke! 😢 worth checking out
  • Jim P.
    Jim PrattMarch 25, 2016
    We LOVED the choc beignets and the shrimp and grits, and the coffee. Our waiter didn't even attempt to warn us that we were ordering way too much food - shame shame. This is a must visit in SF.
  • Zi W.
    Zi WangMarch 4, 2016
    Relax with NOLA food and vibes. Outstanding beignets and watermelon tea. Not too flavorful but maybe that's just Cajun cuisine.
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamFebruary 23, 2016
    Delicious, warm and pillowy beignets worth a wait
  • Josie C.
    Josie ChandFebruary 22, 2016
    Totally worth the hype!
  • Shola E.
    Shola EshoFebruary 21, 2016
    Superb grits and shrimp and crawfish beignets.
  • Nicki L.
    Nicki LeeFebruary 18, 2016
    Fried chicken! Comes w a biscuit and collared greens
  • joahnna
    joahnnaFebruary 1, 2016
    The sweet potato dumpling with smoked corn-jalapeño cream, seasonal vegetables is delicious! You can add-on shrimp+crawfish too.
  • Tara L.
    Tara LounsburyJanuary 26, 2016
    Beignets were awesome
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