Oh my goodness! I’m up in the Bay Area for the week, this time opting to leave my car with relatives in Fremont and BART into the city. This means Oakland is en route, so why not stop off for the day, see a few friends, and eat at a few awesome places. First stop: the Brown Sugar Kitchen I’d heard so much about for their chicken and waffles. Last autumn I spent a little time in Oakland and my host listed this as a possible breakfast spot, but was apprehensive about the price, so we opted for a cheaper soul food restaurant and I’d been kicking myself over the decision since. So glad to finally give this place a shot. Let’s dig in.
We’re a group of four today, with about a 30 minute wait on a lovely sunny day when we can take our coffees outside onto the benches for a leisurely sit and chatter. It’s late breakfast, early lunchtime. Okay, maybe it’s lunchtime. We share an order of beignets. They’re big, fluffy, covered with powdered sugar, and have a lightness to them that almost makes it hard to believe they were deep fried.
But what did we really eat. Heath got…uh, I don’t remember what Heath got (pictured on left). Two poached eggs over…it looks like a grits thing or breakfast potatoes. He said it was acceptable. Andrew got smoked chicken and shrimp gumbo (on right) and it was a ridiculous portion, he ate less than half of it. Oof, what a lot of food.
But whatever, how was the chicken and waffles? First, let me tell you that I attempted, like a total noob, to share the order with Crystal and she’s all NO WAY GET YOUR OWN. I did, worried it’d be way too much food. But somehow, it was all consumed, happily, quickly, I don’t know where it went. It was really really good. Perfect fried chicken, mostly dark meat as we’d begged the kitchen to give us.
And the waffles, oh man, transcendental. These are corn meal waffles and they are crisp, light, a little crunchy from the cornmeal, and just perfect for the fried chicken. It’s like the South’s version of the Brussels style waffle. It came with butter and maple syrup, cost about $15 and I’d order it again and again, because I don’t know any other chicken and waffle place that does it with cornmeal waffles. Oh man. We left happy.
Brown Sugar Kitchen (West Oakland)
I could not turn down the opportunity to try the chicken and waffle. Oooof.
A small group dined there easter sunday. We were sat within 35 minutes. Of all the meals, the fried oysters benedict and the chicken and waffle were the impressive ones at the table.
The breakfast corndog with maple syrup was good, but totally upstaged by all the other food, including the hot sausage scramble, the beef hash, and bacon.
Everyone loved the gin fizz. “Propa!” seemed to be the word at the table on the gin fizz.
Extra props for uber nice people sitting around us. I was caught by another diner with my “omg” face looking at his praline bacon and he responded by handing me a slice.
Screen Door (NE)