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Brown Sugar Kitchen

Brown Sugar Kitchen

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant and Breakfast Spot$$$$
West Oakland, Oakland
  • The waffles at Brown Sugar Kitchen is a can't miss
  • Jodie M.
    "For first timers make sure to get the infamous chicken n waffles!"(46 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)
151 Tips and reviews
  • chicken & waffles
  • grits
  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • beignets
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  • Kat C.
    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.
    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
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Paul G.
    Paul GarlingtonJune 28, 2014
    Excellent Southern Soul Food.
  • James K.
    James KutsukosJune 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My fav spot in Oakland . Prepare to wait 30+ mins for a table
  • zippy
    zippyJune 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Gumbo comes out quickly, even on busy days, and is delicious
  • Jodie M.
    Jodie MMay 10, 2014
    For first timers make sure to get the infamous chicken n waffles! Hits right the spot :) The pairing of light cornmeal waffles drizzled w/ apple cider syrup and fried chicken was divine!
  • SalKay A.
    SalKay AsuncionMay 4, 2014
    Super packed...more than an hour wait😱
  • Loraine
    LoraineMarch 31, 2014
    weekend brunch!
  • Deny K.
    Deny KhoungFebruary 23, 2014
    Try the Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle With Brown Sugar Butter & Apple Cider Syrup
  • John Y.
    John YFebruary 22, 2014
    Chicken & waffles = thumbs up
  • breena b.
    breena bFebruary 18, 2014
    Chicken and Waffle is to die for
  • Rosanne C.
    Rosanne ChanFebruary 15, 2014
    cornmeal waffles are like clouds, light and fluffy.
  • Christle A.
    Christle ArriolaFebruary 7, 2014
    shrimp and grit
  • Keith Y.
    Keith YoderJanuary 31, 2014
    Don't underestimate the awesome black eyed pea salad.
  • Jill B.
    Jill BensonJanuary 14, 2014
    Best waffles in America
  • christa e.
    christa eDecember 5, 2013
    The apple cider syrup tastes like candy! No non-fat milk; only 2%.
  • 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!
  • Toast
    ToastNovember 18, 2013
    Really really good!
  • Holly R.
    Holly RoachNovember 13, 2013
    Chicken and waffles. That's all I can say.
  • Erica S.
    Erica SchultzNovember 10, 2013
    Get there early on Sunday, like 8am when they open...
  • Chuck S.
    Chuck SlatenOctober 25, 2013
    Try the Brown Sugar Pineapple Glazed Bbq Baby Back Ribs
  • 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.
  • Shahid C.
    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!
  • Sasha K.
    Sasha K.October 5, 2013
    great americano !
  • Sukhjit G.
    Sukhjit GhagSeptember 22, 2013
    The chicken and waffles are the best I've ever had.
  • Jessamyn W.
    Jessamyn WeldAugust 2, 2013
    Be prepared for a loong wait.
  • Brittney C.
    Brittney CampbellAugust 2, 2013
    Fried chicken and waffles. Must have!
  • 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.
  • Giovanni B.
    They will tell you to wait 1 hour and 30 minutes and you will listen.
  • Lola W.
    Lola WatsonJuly 14, 2013
    FYI They do take credit cards. We thought they took cash only and it delayed us checking this place out.
  • Dave S.
    Dave S.July 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    45 minute to an hour wait at 10AM. Get here super early or don't go.
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FelkerJuly 1, 2013
    Fantastic ... slow food (but well worth the wait). Big portions, and definitely go for the specials.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CosentinoJune 18, 2013
    The chicken & waffles here are no joke
  • Sissy M.
    Sissy McHotstemsJune 18, 2013
  • Michael C.
    Michael CosentinoJune 17, 2013
    Get there first thing in the morning because this place fills FAST.
  • Carol C.
    Carol ColemanJune 12, 2013
    Always has lines. So the food must be good. Trying Pinot pork sandwich. My mom trying catfish
  • Amy G.
    Amy GoldenMay 18, 2013
    Beignets are delicious and could be a meal.
  • Diane A.
    Diane AbundabarApril 28, 2013
    Get here when they open. Got here at 8:45 am on a Sunday and it was a 30 minute wait for 2.
  • 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.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ConreyMarch 15, 2013
    Amazing chicken and waffles. Seriously good home cooking style soul food.
  • Julie C.
    Julie CassonMarch 12, 2013
    Shrimp and grits is a must.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 12, 2013
    Try the chicken and waffles.
  • 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.
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Yum! Sooo good!
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The chicken & waffle ...always
  • Cameron W.
    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.
  • Cristina d.
    Cristina de LeonDecember 22, 2012
    The only waffle I'll ever eat! Best waffles ever! Happy Birthday Dad! #yum #lifeisgood #goodfood
  • Brittany K.
    Brittany KwongNovember 18, 2012
    Staff is amazingly nice. The wait is long but the food and staff make it all worth while.
  • Mario C.
    Mario ChanNovember 15, 2012
    The chicken and waffles are out of this world. That alone is worth the wait
  • bastylefilegirl
    bastylefilegirlNovember 1, 2012
    The waffles (made with corn meal) will not get you full and if you don't like hard or crunchy waffles avoid avoid avoid.
  • Pacific Union
    Pacific UnionOctober 17, 2012
    Long waits on the weekend -- show up early! (It's worth it.)
  • Mario C.
    Mario ChanOctober 14, 2012
    The Chicken and Waffles here are out of this world! A must order!
  • Danalynne W.
    Danalynne WheelerOctober 9, 2012
    The waffle is good plain, but when you add the apple cider syrup it becomes amazing! We only had to wait 15 minutes and were served coffee while we were waiting - the staff were all very nice.
  • 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!
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