Plain Beignets, Brenda's French Soul Food, San Francisco, CA
“Want to try this French food place in SF this weekend? It’s the most reviewed two $$ place on Yelp.” Lynn asked.
“I don’t really like French food.” I responded.
“Here, look at the menu. It’s more of a cajun, New Orleans type of place,” she said as she handed me her phone.
“What is a Bey Net (beignets)?” I asked.
“I don’t know, but it looks good!”
“Alright, lets give it a shot.”
Brenda’s French Soul Food has quickly become our favorite restaurant in San Francisco (everywhere else too? maybe…) The lines can be long for brunch, but if there is one thing I know about San Franciscans, there are only two things they wait in line for. the new iPhone, and brunch. This establishment works like a well oiled machine, with servers, seaters, and cooks flowing in perfect unison. The shop itself is small, but I have never felt as if we didn’t have privacy.
The first thing you order is the original beignets. They come three to an order, but can be ordered single as well. If have looked at the menu online I know what you are thinking. “What about the apple pie one? Chocolate? Crawfish? Why would you get regular?!” You are just going to have to trust me on this one. The original always comes out light and airy, dusted with sugar, and so warm from just coming out of the oven/fryer. If you really don’t trust me (I thought we were friends) they offer a flight that gives you one of each, a total of 4. Mind you, the crawfish beignets are quite delicious as well, and certainly unique to Brenda's. But we have a good reason why we love the plain beignets - they're the perfect addition to our next entree.
This masterpiece of a morning pastry is only the tip of the iceberg. We come here for the spice. To really get the cajun flavor from this place, order the shrimp and grits. Covered with cheese, creole spices and sauce, with tomato chunks and shrimp, all over cornmeal grits, this plate is perfect. We will split this and the order of 3 beignets and leave completely full. The flavors are unlike any other shrimp and grits I have ever tasted. No matter how many restaurants we have tried to get this dish at, they all fail in comparison. The light spice ties together the texture and seafood flavors perfectly. If I had to describe Brenda’s to someone I would say this: Brenda’s is as unique as San Francisco, some things just can’t be replicated. Hope you enjoyed this post, and until next time, Happy feasting!