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Brown Sugar Kitchen

2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
510-839-7685
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Ranked #5 of 1,065 restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Brown Sugar Kitchen is a full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & brunch. We have a Zagat score of 26, which is the highest score for a soul food restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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English first
Oakland, California
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

The cornmeal waffles and fried chicken are delicious and classic. My personal favorite is the smoked pork has with two poached eggs ... smoky, spicy, and like nothing you've ever had before. They open at 7:00am on weekends, we arrived about 7:15 (after dropping someone at the airport) and sat right down, but by 8:30 there was quite a line.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I was in downtown SNFC, looking for breakfast, and TripAdvisor listed this place at #6. Even better, they actually serve breakfast on a weekday morning! It was great. Comfortable, great cooking, good prices, friendly staff. Nice to see a place that deserves its high rating!

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

When in Oakland, the Brown Sugar Kitchen is where I go for breakfast. The food is excellent and the wait staff go out of their way to make sure customers are well taken care of before, during and after the meal. I highly recommend the cornmeal waffle with apple cider syrup. Then again, I sometimes make a trip just to... More

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New York City, New York
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92 reviews 92 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This restaurant, only open for lunch, is fantastic. It's a bit of a diner -- in an industrial area. Service was absolutely delightful. We sat at the counter because the wait for a table -- on a Wednesday afternoon -- was so long. Being at the counter was fun though because we could watch the chefs. My companions had waffles... More

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Oakland, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We found ourselves in downtown Oakland recently and decided to try Brown Sugar Kitchen for a late breakfast. What a wonderful experience. I opted for the daily special: Smoked pork hash with poached eggs. My wife went for the cheesy grits with poached eggs. Somehow, she got eggs the way I like them (runny yolk) and I got them the... More

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Southern food with a flair. The grits are authentic and varied - from shrimp and spices to cheesie simplicity. The fried chicken is good but what gets me on my bicycle to ride there early on a weekend morning is the waffle. Most of you have never had a delicate, lacy cornmeal waffle. Melts in your mouth! Service can be... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

There's nothing complicated or sophisticated about this wonderful venue: it's a shameless feel good soul food house and hot diggity dawg it's wonderful The chicken and pancakes was sublime and the assortment if desserts we shared delightful The 2 hr wait for a table and further 45 minutes for the food once ordered does drop the review a notch tho.

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San Francisco, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Wonderful neighbohood restaurant with plenty of parking and area to chat while waiting for a table. Food is superb and priced fairly. But the service has a bit of an attitude and I felt rushed.

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San Francisco, CA area
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A fun, lively, place, serving truly yummy food. I just can't resist having the friend chicken and waffles, which are SO good. Perfectly cooked chicken, with great crunch, amazing seasoning and tender, moist and, well, just really good flavor. The waffles are unique in my personal experience -- light beyond belief, just melt in your mouth, served with a light... More

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Toronto
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

I'll make this short. Run don't walk to this place for the best oyster po boy I've ever had. Get a seat at the counter to watch the magic happen

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