Maybe it’s because of Karl the fog. Or perhaps it’s because it’s always sweater weather in San Francisco. Whatever the reason, the list of epic brunch spots in the Bay Area is long. Over at Diane’s Bloody Mary in the Marina you can get a bacon wrapped date popped in your adult V8 juice. At Kitchen Story in the Castro you can chow down on millionaire’s bacon. (Yes, it’s a real thing and it’s spectacular.)
If you’re hankering for the best fried green tomato in town, there’s only one place to head in Silicon Valley and that’s Brenda’s Meat & Three in the North of the Panhandle neighborhood of San Francisco. The best seat in the house hands down has to be the counter where you’ll over hear first time patrons asking each other, “What did you order?” In addition to making fast new friends, you’ll also kind of want to just eat one of everything that’s on its way to the surrounding tables.
Brenda’s Meat & Three is located a stone’s throw away from the city by the bay’s famed painted ladies, sandwiched between McAllister Street and Golden Gate Avenue.
Chef Brenda Buenviaje (formerly head chef of Café Claude near Union Square and a consulting chef to Snooze in Denver which we also adore) hails from a small town called Harvey, Louisiana about fifteen minutes south of New Orleans.
In 2007, Buenviaje opened her namesake restaurant Brenda’s French Soul Food over on Polk Street in the Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness neighborhood.
Brenda’s Meat & Three came along seven years later in 2014.
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Andrew Bloom (of Foreign Cinema fame) serves as the restaurant’s general manager.
Buenviaje’s menu consists of everything from a fried bologna sandwich on a toasted bun to overflowing po’boys and an astonishing list of as many as 20 different kinds of sides (like potato hash and creole fried chicken cutlets) that you can pick from.
Vegetarian items (like cheese grits and cream biscuits) and vegan selections (like corn succotash and an okra and tomato maque choux) are also on the menu.
One of our favorite dishes that we tasted at Brenda’s Meat & Three is the beignet flight.
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Brenda’s Meat & Three has four different kinds of beignets on its menu. You can opt for three each of the plain, chocolate filled, granny smith apple or the crawfish. We went for the flight which is a total of four beignets (one in each flavor).
We weren’t exactly sure what to expect out of the crawfish beignet since we’ve never tried a savory beignet before, but it was delicious. If you go with the flight, we highly recommend eating the crawfish one first while it’s still warm. The granny smith apple is a bit like taking a bite out of fall. All of the beignets were yummy, but the apple one may have been our favorite. We’d probably still opt to go with the flight over three of the apple flavored beignets because getting a mix lets you really savor each of the flavors.
The flight is also the best option because the plain beignet makes the perfect vessel for you to slather Brenda’s Meat & Three’s delicious spiced strawberry jam on. There’s a little clear plastic jar of the jam at every seating area in the restaurant and you do not want to miss trying that gooey deliciousness. We have a savvy waiter to thank for that tip. (Thank you awesome man with the bear tattoo for cluing us in! 🙂 It’s worth noting that these beignets are no joke. Each beignet is about the size of your palm. That didn’t stop us from ordering the two amazing kinds of eggs Benedict you see up above in the post, but we figured we ought to at least give you a heads up that they are not wimpy little donut hole sized beignets.
Oh, and did we mention the mimosas? In addition to your regular run of the mill mimosa which is partnered with orange juice, Brenda’s Meat & Three also offers seasonal flavors like strawberry and peach. You can go with a small size or a larger portion (think full pint glass size). Whether you’re looking for comfort food or just want to stuff your soul with a tasty meal that will keep your stomach satiated well past dinner time, Brenda’s Meat & Three will keep you full and warm even during a chilly San Francisco summer.
Brenda’s Meat & Three
Address: 919 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, California 94115
Hours: Wednesday Through Monday 10:00am to 8:00pm *Closed on Tuesdays.
Phone: (415) 926-8657
Pricing (All in USD): Beignets $6.00 to $12.00, Gumbo $3.00 to $13.50, Eggs and Things $9.75 to $17.00, Griddle Items $10.75, Chicken Fried Steak $22.00, Fried Catfish $19.75, Fried Chicken $14.75, Sides $3.00 to $10.00, Creole Bloody Mary $8.00, Mimosas $7.00 to $15.00
September 5, 2018 at 11:36 am
Great read! Used to eat at Brenda’s on Polk St. when the restaurant occupied a much smaller portion of the current Polk Street layout.
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September 5, 2018 at 12:31 pm
Aw… thank you. Have you made it to Brenda’s Meat & Three as well or just Brenda’s French Soul Food over on Polk?
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September 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm
Haven’t been to the Meat & Three location. It’s been several years for me (us) eating regularly in San Francisco. Have fun in the Bay Area. If you have any food bucket list questions, feel free to ask.
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