Brenda's French Soul Food is in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. When you get inside the restaurant to give you name to the hostess, you'll immediately notice the unfinished wall on the right. And then your eyes will be led to a focal point which is the ornate plaster ceiling. It is beautiful.
The line was long, but thanks to the Frenchman and Lewis, we were able to get a table on a short wait.
We brought our own bottles of petite syrah. Lewis ordered the cheddar grits with sautéed shrimp and spicy tomato-bacon gravy. The Frenchman decided on the fry basket consisting of cornmeal-fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, hushpuppies, fries, cole slaw, chipotle rémoulade, and watermelon pickles. The Salvadoran sampled the chicken, Andouille Sausage Gumbo while I ordered the red beans and andouille sausage. They were all delicious! Brenda, the owner, even sent out some fried chicken for us to try and they were finger-lickin-good.
That's not all. She even served us a pudding and some baked yams to sample yet again. Everything was delicious! No wonder this place is always packed. Thank you Brenda!