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—Brenda’s Meat & Three on Divisadero and Brenda’s on Broadway in Oakland. 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.
Jordan has been working in restaurants and hospitality for more than 20 years, joining Brenda’s team in 2016. After being raised by her grandparents in Southern California, she came north to study fashion and marketing, and has been roller skating, biking and eating her way through San Francisco ever since.
With experience ranging from a casino parking valet in her teen years, to bartender and server, to her current post of General Manager, Jordan brings a special style to all she does. At Brenda’s French Soul Food she leads our service team and keeps our dining room, takeout and delivery running like clockwork. When she’s not hard at work in the restaurant, she designs her own line of clothing and accessories, and seeks pasta eating adventures wherever she can.