Back in the day

Long before the food truck craze, food delivery apps and avocado toast mania, Libby and I opened our first restaurant in San Francisco in 2007. I named it Brenda’s French Soul Food. I missed the fun and flavors of my hometown, New Orleans, and I wanted to share that with the Bay Area. The place was tiny, in a sketchy neighborhood and an instant success.

Fast-forward more than 10 years and two more businesses, Libby and I are thrilled to finally bring our latest restaurant to the East Bay.

Brenda’s is a fast casual cafe inspired by my favorite places growing up—relaxed, lively and fun. From award-winning fried chicken to our famous cream biscuits and signature stuffed beignets, we’re serving up our most beloved dishes, as well as a few new ones.

Come on by—our krewe is excited to meet you. As we say in New Orleans, laissez les bon temps rouler!

Meet Our Krewe

Brenda Buenviajé
Chef/Owner
Big Mama
Read Brenda’s Bio

Libby Truesdell
Owner/Media Contact
Chief Hand Holder

Andrew Bloom
Director of Operations
Wine Daddy

John Jackson
Executive Chef
Johnnycakes

Rachel Rhodes
Director of HR
The Hammer

Myrna Newcomb
Art Director
Font Fanatic

Leah Beneze
General Manager
Milkshake Mama

4045 Broadway @ 41st, Oakland 510.929.0510 Open Everyday Except Tuesday 8am – 9pm