Please excuse the low-quality iPhone 3 camera pictures but this place was just so good I HAD to share it with you all! (Plus, I just got an new phone so no more low-quality phone pictures after this! Can a get a woot woot?!)
Tucked away in an industrial part of West Oakland, there lies a diamond in the ruff. Brown Sugar Kitchen is an amazing place for soul food! I went last weekend with my cousin, and we had such a great time. We arrived around 1:30 for a late lunch and was told that there was about a 45 minute wait. It was a really sunny and beatiful day so we didn’t mind hanging out outside for a bit. Plus, the restaurant closes at 3pm on Sundays so we knew we couldn’t come back later in the day. The. wait. was. totally. WORTH. IT.
We were seated at the counter, and the waitress told us the specials of the day. My cousin and I decided to order two dishes and then split them so we could try a little bit of everything. Right away, we knew we were going to get an order of the “buttermilk fried chicken and cornmeal waffle with brown sugar butter and apple cider syrup.” After all, neither of us had tried chicken and waffles before (shame on us!) and the combination just sounded so intriguing.
We also ended up ordering the catfish po’ boy (one of the specials of the day) with a side of smoked mashed sweet potatoes. When the dishes arrived, we were pretty much drooling. Everything looked incredible.
My first bite of the fried chicken blew my mind. The breading was nicely seasoned and the chicken was so juicy! Then I took a bite of the waffle, and it was the lightest, freshest cornmeal waffle I have EVER tasted. Put those two together and you have an unstoppable dynamic duo right there. The syrup was divine as well!
Then we tried the catfish po’ boy. It was definitely a delicious sandwich with the perfect combination of all the ingredients that make a great po’ boy.
However, what really caught my cousin and I by surprise was the smoked mashed sweet potatoes! After the first bite, I literally stopped and said, “WOAH, this is…smokey.” I guess I knew what I was eating but wasn’t prepared for the strong flavor. I thought there was just going to be a hint of smokey flavor but it was definitely a huge component of the dish. At first, my cousin was surprised by the amount of smokiness as well, but after about 3 bites we were use to it and really enjoyed the unique taste.
Brown Sugar Kitchen is really a wonderful place to eat. If you’re in the Bay Area, I highly suggest you try it out. Honestly, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about their chicken and waffles since! Help me.
Oh, and I have a great St. Paddy’s Day recipe coming up on Wednesday! (Hint: Two main ingredients are chocolate and Guinness.) So excited to share it with you!
Happy Monday, lovely friends :)