San Francisco: Cotogna and Brenda’s

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I’m still trying to catch up on my blogs, so here’s one of the last ones for San Francisco. They’re worth the wait, I promise!

If you are looking for a brunch spot, people will probably steer you to Brenda’s French Soul Food. It took me a few trips to finally get there, but I’m so glad I did. Here’s something that’s been around for quite a while, and is a favorite of visitors and locals.

Brunch at Brenda's

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One of the must-try places in San Francisco is Brenda's, especially for weekend brunch. A native of New Orleans, Chef Brenda Buenviaje is Filipino-Creole and serves up some of the best French soul food in town.

Brenda's French Soul Food 652 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA

Now, if you’re looking for something new and different, you might try Cotogna. There are probably very few tourists here because it’s in the heart of the business district, away from most of the sights and shopping. It’s still easy to get to; it was a quick walk up from the Embarcadero.

Lunch at Cotogna

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On the day that Lena and Edwina ran across Golden Gate Bridge, I found myself wandering in the city, looking for something different. Twitter friend @matti2d suggested Cotogna, "Quince's casual little brother." (Both restaurants are owned by award-winning chef Michael Tusk.)

490 Pacific Ave.
San Francisco, CA

Almost done! You can see the whole batch of trip photos, here.

I have one more blog on San Francisco tomorrow, before starting on my Los Angeles series.


Brenda's was absolutely incredible! I wish I could go back and take my boyfriend! (sooner than later)


New 'must try' for me is brunch at Brenda's ... keep thinkin' 'bout those doughnuts!


 Glad you went there for I try but too busy for me instead I went to Cajun Pacific at 4542 Irving St. in Sunset dist.  It somewhat a hole in the wall but darn good food.  Hours are bit funky since it garage turn into restaurant.  See yelp on it