Category Archives: Southern

Fried Chicken and Waffles

After hitting the Eat Real Festival in Oakland, I was still pretty hungry and was hoping to find a fast food chain nearby where I could sit down and repeat the process of pigging out again. Upon seeing Home of Chicken and Waffles in neon lights, it did not take me very long to figure out what wanted to eat before riding the bus back home.

Home of Chicken and Waffles Р Jack London Square, Oakland

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I thought fried chicken and waffles were a very strange combination but it is supposedly a common Southern thing. Nevertheless, I enjoyed expanding my gastronomic experience.

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Brendas, We Meet Again

Brendas Soul Food @ Civic Center, San Francisco

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Hangtown fry — an omelette with crispy oyster, bacon bits and scallions. Reminiscent of Singapore’s tasty oyster omelette ūüėÄ

Brenda’s French Soul Food

With too much time to spare and a desire to pick up from where I left off at Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen, I made a trip to San Francisco for brunch to delve deeper into the world of Southern cuisine. Brenda’s French Soul Food has been acknowledged as one of the best brunch spots in San Francisco by many fellow Yelpers and SF Weekly (if you consider those credible sources) so I came in with pretty high expectations. My friends and I made our orders based on online recommendations and ended up ordering their refillable watermelon tea, crawfish beignets, grillades & grits, hash on the side and catfish po’ boy.

Sweet Watermelon House Tea:¬†This tea is extremely refreshing, which is what you would expect from a beverage derived from watermelons. I like the watermelon pulp in the tea and the lightness of the drink as a whole — I could still drink a lot of this after I was done with my meal without feeling any more bloated. It is also not too sweet which makes it a great thirst quencher.

Crawfish Beignets:¬†I was excited to try Louisiana’s official state doughnut for the first time in my life. Beignets are usually served sweet as desserts but I decided to go for Brenda’s famous savoury beignets.

Warm cheese, crawfish and scallions oozed out of the heavily peppered beignet. I wish the stuffing to dough ratio was greater though because the filling was the best part of the beignet and the dense dough stuffed me up pretty quickly. That aside, the crawfish beignets are pretty good stuff.

Grillades & Grit: 

“Anything I could do? I could make a tea, or is that not American enough? How about some grits? What are grits anyway?” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†– ¬†Doctor Who to the American President

Exactly my thoughts. Yelpers say them grits are the bomb but this corn slash cheese porridge left me very confused. I think I will stick to rice and oatmeal porridges.

On the bright side, the spicy creole gravy that came with the beef was tasty and I love the soft and crumbly biscuit. Definitely go for the biscuit if given a choice between the biscuit and toast of your choice.

 Hash: Pretty good.

Catfish Po’ Boy:¬†Customers get to choose between cornmeal-fried shrimp, oyster and catfish. At $9.75, this Louisiana sandwich is hardly a poor boy’s meal as its name may imply but it sure is worth every penny. The fried catfish was so delicate and flaky on the inside and the chipotle remoulade complemented the catfish very well and beats traditional tartar sauce any day. This lunch ¬†sandwich is by far my favourite at Brenda’s!

My friend mentioned that the fish fillet sandwich at Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley is comparable to this po’ boy so it looks like I’ll be going back to Bette’s for their sandwich, and perhaps their souffle pancakes too if I have a sweet tooth that day and feel like splurging.

On my way in and out of the restaurant, I could not help but eye other customers’ meals. The brunch and lunch menu at Brenda’s looks amazing and there are at least six other items that I would try.¬†This place is definitely worth stopping by if you happen to be within the vicinity of Civic Centre, SF, or if you are on a food adventure and are willing to do a little bit of travelling to try out some pretty great Southern food.

Something Southern

I have always wanted to try Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen because I have never had Southern cuisine before, and the place also seemed really popular judging from the long lines that I always see outside this restaurant. Hence, I decided to celebrate the end of the semester with something Southern.

The Voo Doo Shrimp was cooked really well and I loved the sauce! This dish is also one of the more highly recommended ones on Yelp. After having this, I went online to look up the recipe for Voo Doo shrimp here. The steps seem pretty doable so I might attempt making this next semester, although I am slightly deterred by the calorie counts for this dish. I really hope I did not consume 1041.9 calories eating this dish.

I tried some of their Shrimp Creole too and it was good but Voo Doo Shrimp beats this hands down.

Choosing which dessert to order proved to be quite a dilemma for me. I was torn between Angeline’s warm Banana Foster Bread Pudding and some New Orleans pastry called Beignets. Even the waiter could not help make a decision for us because those were the top two desserts in Angeline’s. In the end, I went for the bread pudding.

The rum caramel sauce that came with the bread pudding was tasty. However, I was expecting bigger portions having paid $6.50 for this dessert. The people who sat next to us ordered the beignets which looked really good with all that powdered sugar goodiness. Definitely going to try them the next time I come to Angeline’s.¬†

All in all, I had a really good dining experience in Angeline’s and it was a good way to celebrate the end of the semester. Great atmosphere and great food!