What is French Soul Food?

In 2007, when I finally found a place to open my own little spot, I coined the phrase “French Soul Food” to describe the personal style of cuisine I wanted to bring to the public. What I hoped to convey was a soulful mixture of Southern, Creole and French cuisines presented in a down-home style and atmosphere. 

Fueled by my desire to charm folks with the tastes of my hometown, New Orleans, and with the support of Libby Truesdell, my amazing partner (now my wife), I was able to turn the shoddy Tenderloin greasy spoon I found on Craigslist into my dream restaurant. Our little spot and our family have expanded now—we’ve opened Libby Jane Café two doors down the street and Brenda's Meat & Three on Divisadero. Blessed by the hundreds of thousands of guests who have visited us from near and far over the years, Brenda’s is still going strong!

So if you’re craving something soulful, satisfying and sexy, come by and try us out. If you’ve already been by, I thank you and hope to welcome you back again soon—and often! Thanks.

Ain’t no shame in your game if
you can’t pronounce a few things…

Beignet (ben-yay): fried doughnut hugely popular in New Orleans

Grillades (gree-ahds): beef cutlet smothered in a spicy gravy

Andouille (ann-dew-ee): spicy, smoked pork sausage

Maque choux (mock shoe): Cajun vegetable stew

Etouffée (ay-too-fay): literally from the French, means “to smother”,
like we do with our chicken with lots of spices and love

Bon appétit y’all!

Monday – Tuesday: 8am3pm
Wednesday – Saturday: 8am10pm 
Sunday: 8am – 8pm
No reservations

Breakfast for Supper Sundays
Served from 5pm / See menu >


4th of July: 8am3pm

Thanksgiving Day: 8am – 3pm
Weekend brunch menu, plus specials including a turkey dinner & Brenda's fried chicken

Christmas Eve: 8am – 3pm
Weekend brunch menu

Christmas Day: Closed

New Year's Eve: 8am – 3pm
Weekend brunch menu

New Year's Day: 8am – 3pm
Weekend brunch menu

Join us for black-eyed peas, collard greens & cornbread through the New Year holiday season for luck & prosperity in 2018!

Every Sunday: 5pm – 8pm
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