A friend suggested Brenda's for breakfast while we were vacationing in the bay area. So we took the California St cable car to Polk and walked the half mile or so south to Brenda's. I, of course, read the Tripadvisor reviews before we embarked on our adventure. One noted a sketchy neighborhood. Well, I can confirm that. The walk from California to Eddy wasn't the most picturesque. Brenda's is located in a real neighborhood, not in the tourist traps. We made it to the non-descript entrance without incident but didn't make eye contact along with way.
Brenda's is my kind of restaurant - non-pretentious. The wait staff was attentive and the coffee was great. I wanted to try the beignets so we ordered a flight - 1 each of plain, chocolate, apple, and crawfish along with breakfast. NOTE - a flight of beignets is breakfast enough for 2 people and my husband has a hollow leg. We scarfed them up. I am a sweet girl but I think the crawfish beignet was my favorite. The chocolate wasn't bad either. We were fat and happy then came breakfast. Butterscotch banana pancakes. I've never seen pancake this thick before. The 2 bites I was able to choke down were awesome. My husband had an omelet with a homemade biscuit (SUPER yummy). I took my pancakes home and snacked on them for the next 2 days still just as yummy and they packed syrup in the take out box. How cool is that?
Unfortunately, we could only eat there once. There were so many things in the menu that looked fabulous. Go hungry. The portions are large. And don't study the menu too closely or else you'll see all that you are missing.
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