Theater District/Tenderloin/Civic Center
Brenda's French Soul Food
Chef-owner Brenda Buenviaje calls on her New Orleans roots to create refined, Creole-influenced fare at her namesake French soul food restaurant. The beignet, a deep-fried pastry similar to a doughnut, is one of her specialties, with varieties including chocolate, apple, or crawfish. Customers fill the Civic Center Plaza diner (expanded in 2011 to accommodate the crowds) for budget-friendly staples like gumbo or shrimp and grits with spicy bacon gravy. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays; choices include a beignet sampler, gumbo, and traditional Benedicts or Southern-style versions with fried chicken or catfish.
Wednesday through Saturday, Brenda's is open between lunch and dinner and serves a limited menu of appetizers, po-boys, and beignets to those looking to avoid the crowds.
AmenitiesOpen / Closes
- Accessible by Public Transportation
- Family-Friendly Dining
- Handicapped Accessible
- No Reservations
- Take-Out Available
Cuisine Type:: Southern/Soul