Brown Sugar Kitchen

Brown Sugar Kitchen
Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA

Brown Sugar Kitchen, a Black Female owned restaurant by Tanya Holland, recently opened up TWO new locations: one in San Francisco and one in downtown Oakland.

Check out that sweet pour!

I was lucky enough to eat the famous fried chicken and cornmeal waffles ($18) from Tanya Holland this past weekend and it was DAMN GOOD!

The lines for the restroom and for Blue Bottle coffee make Brown Sugar Kitchen seem busier than it actually is

When I arrived at the Ferry Building, I immediately caught a glimpse of the Brown Sugar Kitchen sign. My heart leapt in my chest and my mouth started salivating. It was a Saturday afternoon and the Ferry Building was heavy with human traffic.

TIP: Don’t be scared by the amount of people near the BSK stand–the bathrooms are right next door and so is Blue Bottle, so it makes BSK appear busier than they actually are.

The menu

The fried chicken was incredibly tasty. The chicken was moist and the batter was crisp. The cornmeal waffle was different than any other waffle I’ve had in my life. The cornmeal gave it a much lighter and crunchier texture. I really enjoyed it, and would almost go so far to say it’s even better than traditional waffles! The syrup provided is VERY sweet, so word of caution before you pour it all over your meal (which I did and soon regretted…). The mac and cheese was a smaller portion than I imagined, it only filled about half the cup that it came in. Next time, I would opt for the biscuits instead!

(Left) Mac and Cheese – $6 (Right) Chicken and Cornmeal Waffles – $18
Total including tax: $26

Overall thoughts: Really tasty meal that I would recommend. The service is quick and they offer a pager that will go off when your order is ready. It is a little pricey, but understandable for it being in the Ferry Building. Would 100% reorder the chicken and waffles but would skip on the mac & cheese next time.

10/10 recommend!

Ferry Building Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 8am-2pm (closed Mondays)