This tiny diner in Civic Center serves up Chef-Owner Brenda Buenviaje's idea of soul food, which is a combination of French cooking styles and Creole ... More
Brenda's French Soul Food
This tiny diner in Civic Center serves up Chef-Owner Brenda Buenviaje's idea of soul food, which is a combination of French cooking styles and Creole soul. The wait gets very long, so come at opening time to be seated right away. For brunch, try the much-loved stuffed beignets (sweet, with chocolate or apples, or savory, with crawfish, scallions, and cheddar), the Grillades & Grits, the French Toast, or one of many egg dishes. Lunch options include tempting salads and sandwiches, all at an affordable price. Wash it all down with a refreshing glass of Brenda's special Sweet Watermelon Tea.
First time we went here, the food was fantabulous! The second time, still pretty good. Last time, not so much! And we even brought out of town guests over and sung such high praises that we looked like schmucks after the food turned-out just so-so. What's the deal? Was it an off day? Is she getting burned-out? She looks pretty grumpy all the time even though we always try to say hi and overtip the waitstaff. What gives?
I am originally from southern louisiana...this is some of the best cajun/creole food I have had outside the state. You could see Brenda in the kitchen and everything. The gumbo and beniegn trio was awesome! Very busy go early...worth the wait though.
we went just in time before the monday lunch rush. The timing was perfect. the place is clean with New Orleans jazz playing in the back ground. Brenda was banging out the food by herself on the line. similar to the show over at Dottie's but better food. i think. Dotties was one of my favorite wait in line joints. now its BRENDA's!!! check her out. her biscuits are amazing and gumbo is off the hook.