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Brown Sugar Kitchen

2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607-1727
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Ranked #5 of 1,070 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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
Yuba City, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

So I had food envy because my friends ordered the cornmeal waffles and I ordered gumbo. The gumbo was good, but only good- I have had better. Portions are generous. The food is not cheap. The waffles were so crispy and rich and just wonderful. Another point for the desserts- totally inexpensive and awesome. I had sweet potato pie and... More

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124 reviews 124 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It's a little hard to get to and you can expect a wait if your a little late for breakfast. I take clients there for breakfast and everyone loves it. You can't beat the chicken and waffles. I had a hash this last time and it was good but not great. It's a fun place to eat Nice family breakfast... More

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72 reviews 72 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Dropped in for brunch on the way from SFO around mid-morning on the weekend. Place packed, folks waiting around outside, not too bad. Parking lot across the street made it nice to have adequate off-street parking (free). Sat at lunch counter, so packed, like sardines -- not exactly a leisurely way to dine. Can watch action in kitchen. Had the... More

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Oakland, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

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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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 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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