Brenda's Meat & Three
This Western Addition diner is Brenda Buenviaje's follow-up to her Tenderloin gem, Brenda's French Soul Food. The spot is more casual and more Southern than the original, but equally crowded for weekend brunch and dinner. The hallmark of the menu is the namesake meat & three, where you choose one meat (fried chicken, meatloaf, BBQ beef brisket, to name a few) and three down-home sides (potato bacon hash, collard greens, glazed yams). The spicy, peppery, and crispy fried chicken is near addictive, as is the veggie po' boy.
One of the best parts of any soul food dinner is the the sides that come with, or as chef Brenda (who grew up on the west bank of New Orleans) calls it, “and three.” The restaurant puts out tasty options that make it hard to choose just three (but since we often have to, our faves are the Cheese Grits, Cream Biscuit, and Andouille Cornbread Dressing). Of course, the real star of the plate is Brenda’s Spicy Fried Chicken, which has the perfect crunch and comes with a side of hot pepper jelly.
How to book: Reserve a table indoors or in the parklet. Order for takeout on Toast or delivery on Caviar.