early bird gets the beignet and benny

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Woke up before dawn this morning to meet Jenn for breakfast at Brenda's French Soul Food in San Francisco. (This is one of the spots on my to-eat list for 2010.)

I know crawling out of bed at this hour to go to a restaurant sounds completely insane, but Brenda's is the size of a walk-in closet and has a cult-like following, so the only way to avoid a wait is to get there by 8 a.m., which is when the restaurant opens on the weekend. If you hit the snooze button and arrive at 8:30, there's a very good chance you'll end up waiting at least 45 minutes. I showed up at 7:55, and there were already two other people in line, and three people arrived about two minutes after I did. By the time the restaurant opened, there was a big crowd outside.

Our breakfast was definitely worth waking up for: We started by splitting the beignet flight, which included one each of the plain beignet, the Granny Smith Apple beignet (this was like apple pie), the molten Ghirardelli chocolate-filled beignet and the crawfish beignet with cayenne scallions and cheddar. Each one was completely delicious, but my favorite was definitely the crawfish -- it was really interesting because the dough was slightly sweet, the crawfish was savory and the whole thing had a spicy kick to it. Good stuff. Next I ordered from the specials board -- got Eggs Benedict with a Creole hollandaise (that had mustard seeds in it) and fried catfish over a buttermilk biscuit with a side of grits. So out-of-control amazing. Jenn got the shrimp and cheddar grits, which she said was great, too.

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