I’m eating 100 Items off of 7 X 7s SF Big Eat List. You can see the rest of entries to this series here. Can I share a pet peeve? It pisses me off when bad food is served at work conferences. I know from experience that conference food is expensive and I'm filled with indignant rage when I am sequestered into eating crappy-yet-surely-high-cost food. This goes double when I'm in a city where delicious inexpensive culinary delights abound. I ran into this recently in San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO. Land of delicious food. It was ten kinds of wrong.
Is bad food a serious problem in the scheme of life? Absolutely not. Is it solveable? Heck yeah! When confronted with the steam tables of wilting vegetables, dry chicken and goopy salad dressing I had to say "Enough! I will get fat on good food, not mediocre food". I dramatically(in my head) unpinned my nametag and set off for the nearest Big Eat locale. There were two within walking distance: one was a gigantic alcoholic drink at a nearby bar. That sounded fun and extremely inappropriate. Instead I chose to head down the street for some Soul Food.
#27-Po'Boy at Brenda's French Soul Food
Brenda's is a small shot gun of a restaurant that's decorated in a sort of modern nod to New Orleans. I like modern stuff and NOLA so Brenda's and I got off on the right foot. Also right away they brought me a dish of toasted Black-Eyed Peas. Yum!
At this point I was really in a pleasant mood. With a full-time job and a small child I don't get to spend a lot of time by myself and yet here I was in the middle of the day. In San Francisco! And it was sunny! And there were toasted black-eyed peas! I was euphoric, so I decided to splurge on watermelon iced tea. A good choice, it was just sweet enough. I patted myself on the back and left with nothing else to do began to grin at random in an annoying manner at all the other patrons. When the waiter came I assaulted him with my good mood and ordered the po'boy triumphantly and gleefully. PO'boy! Yay!
I really have no idea what a po'boy is supposed to taste like but I liked this one, the bread was very squishy and soft, the shrimp were crisp and there was a mayonnaisey, slightly spicy sauce. I like bread, mayonnaise, shrimp and spice, so there's really nothing going wrong there for me.
Verdict: Go to Brenda's. Enjoy a po-boy. Call me in the morning.