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Brown Sugar Kitchen

Brown Sugar Kitchen

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Breakfast Spot$$$$
West Oakland, Oakland
  • The experts at The Corcoran Group and SFGate recommend this place
    • The Corcoran Group
    • SFGate
  • Jodie M.
    "For first timers make sure to get the infamous chicken n waffles!"(47 Tips)
    "... and waffle with apple cider syrup - yummy!"(6 Tips)
    Tony O.
    "Triple B breakfast - bacon, buttermilk biscuits and beignets!!"(7 Tips)
    Chuck S.
    "... Fried Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle With Brown Sugar Butter & Apple Cider Syrup - This was wonderful. ..."(3 Tips)
152 Tips and reviews
  • chicken & waffles
  • grits
  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • beignets
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  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PAugust 19, 2017
    Believe the hype. Get the chicken and waffles.
  • Kat C.
    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!
  • Marta T.
    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!
  • Franklin M.
    Franklin MillerNovember 14, 2016
    Placed my order...waited 45 min. No food. I'll have to think about going back again.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussOctober 3, 2016
    Been here three times and each visit did not live up to the hype. Good coffee. My fried chicken was undercooked.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RubinoSeptember 22, 2016
    Fried chicken and waffles boyyyyy
  • Kindred S.
    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...!
  • Tammie L.
    Tammie LeungJuly 17, 2016
    Waffle chicken
  • Marc
    MarcJuly 9, 2016
    Food Network's Top 5 Soul Foods: #3 Chicken and Shrimp Combo
  • Ricky S.
    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.
  • Robert H.
    Robert HollowayJune 2, 2016
    Get the chicken and waffles, with Apple cider syrup!
  • Joey C.
    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.
  • Macho C.
    Macho CamacoApril 29, 2016
    Waffles are good
  • Krista marie I.
    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.
    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.
  • Alice O.
    Alice OhMarch 6, 2016
    Chicken & waffles is a must - it's not too heavy which I really liked. Also the egg tart was suuuper good.
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MarieFebruary 18, 2016
    Obviously the chicken and waffles. Incredible coffee
  • Neil B.
    Neil BuckmanJanuary 6, 2016
    The chicken & waffles are the best in town.
  • Shawna A.
    Shawna AdamsNovember 28, 2015
    Went here for lunch and was disappointed. Ordered the Grilled Pork Hash, bad idea! It was so burnt. We were sat at the counter and saw the cooks use the same grease over and over to cook the chicken.
  • Siddharth V.
    Siddharth VanchinathanNovember 22, 2015
    Amazing fried chicken and really light waffles. Perfect combination for a brunchy Sunday.
  • Sara T.
    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!
  • Shelly Z.
    Shelly ZordichOctober 27, 2015
    The BEST fried chicken and waffles you will ever have. The beignets are also really tasty!
  • Dayna S.
    Dayna SandersOctober 23, 2015
    Try the Chicken and Waffles. They are awesome!
  • Dai S.
    Dai ShiOctober 11, 2015
    The chicken and waffles live up to the hype. Gotta get em.
  • V
    VOctober 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect breakfast: 1 pc chicken, side salad, buttermilk biscuit.
  • D L.
    D LoveAugust 18, 2015
    The fried chicken was really bad. No flavor at all. Had to use the hot sauce. Coming from LA, I made the mistake of thinking all chicken and waffles were created equal.
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayJuly 22, 2015
    Chicken and waffles are amazing, but the ribs are pretty damn good too
  • Paul M.
    Paul MartinJuly 5, 2015
    Chicken and Waffles are the bomb
  • Going B.
    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!
  • Malcolm G.
    Malcolm GinApril 28, 2015
    Always a grand breakfast option!
  • 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
  • Sloane G.
    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.
  • heathr g.
    heathr goldFebruary 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The dirty rice is as good as the waffles. Insane. Do it.
  • 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
  • Anthony Y.
    Anthony YoungJanuary 4, 2015
    Ask about reservations the wait can be over an hour ....
  • Sugar S.
    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
  • Maddie Mae
    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!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    fried chicken & waffles are soooo good
  • Sean G.
    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.
  • Don H.
    Don HolmNovember 25, 2014
    Coffee waffles fried chicken biscuits yummy. But ya get some "tude".
  • 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.
  • Payton M.
    Payton MillerOctober 18, 2014
    As other people have said DO believe the hype. Fried chicken and waffles is out of this world
  • Grace C.
    Grace ChaungSeptember 28, 2014
    Grits are straight up butter and I love it.
  • Darrin W.
    Darrin WaltersSeptember 21, 2014
  • Kyle Y.
    Kyle YoungblomAugust 19, 2014
    Their biscuits are heavenly.
  • Kim N.
    Kim NewellAugust 16, 2014
    The waffles address the best.
  • Peony L.
    Peony LayneAugust 10, 2014
    The potatoes are amazeballz.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Paul G.
    Paul GarlingtonJune 28, 2014
    Excellent Southern Soul Food.
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