Brenda’s is this super-hot brunch place on Polk and Eddy that apparently serves amazing watermelon tea and beignets. I’ve passed it a bajillion times and always say I want to try it, but the line is ridiculous on weekends. Like 40-50 people deep. Today was no different. Michael and I walked by at noon-ish and put our names on the list. We decided that today was going to be the day we eat at Brenda’s, no matter the wait. There were at least 20-something parties ahead of us and we weren’t sure how long we’d have to hang out so we went to Peet’s for a snack.
Turns out Brenda’s was pretty worth the one-hour wait.The apple cinnamon beignets started us off. They were just ok – too much nutmeg for me, but donuts really aren’t my thing generally so maybe I was predisposed to be indifferent. I think I’m going to try the assortment of beignets next time so I can taste the chocolate and crawfish version. M’s Creole Bloody Mary wasn’t spectacular either, but don’t worry. It gets better.
My watermelon iced tea was DELICIOUS. Free refills, super flavorful, distinct watermelon and tea taste.We both got the specials. M’s pulled pork and sweet potato hash with two over-easy eggs was great according to him. And judging by the way he wolfed it, it was definitely great. But his biscuit was what I had my eye on. That biscuit was fantastic. Almost as big as his hand and flakily buttery. So good. I kept reaching for it.
See that catfish po-boy covered in a blanket of sauce? That was my special. I’m so glad I chose the coleslaw instead of the fries option because that hollandaise/tartar sauce was as heavy as cement. The flavors were terrific, but I’d get the sauce on the side next time. It literally exploded all over my face and hands. I didn’t know what to do.