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Brown Sugar Kitchen Opens for Chicken and Waffles in the Ferry Building

Tanya Holland’s first San Francisco restaurant is now open

After her original West Oakland restaurant closed in August, chef Tanya Holland has left Brown Sugar Kitchen fans pining for her fried chicken and waffles, gumbo, and other soulful favorites. Yesterday, that wait finally came to an end, when Holland opened the doors to her long-awaited San Francisco location in the Ferry Building.

The new Brown Sugar Kitchen lands in the former Il Cane Rosso space and functions as a counter-service accompaniment to her upcoming flagship restaurant in Uptown Oakland, which is expected to open later this week.

Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Ferry Building stall serves up all of the dishes that made Holland’s original restaurant so famous: buttermilk fried chicken with a cornmeal waffle, buttermilk biscuits with jam, smoked chicken and shrimp gumbo, cast iron skillet cornbread, cheddar cheese grits, pulled pork sandwiches, and blackened catfish po’boys.

The most notable absence is Holland’s popular shrimp and grits — but it makes sense, as she only served it on Sundays in Oakland, and the Ferry Building menu emphasizes items to be eaten on the go. That includes a number of sandwiches, including a vegetarian muffaletta, fried chicken sandwich, and breakfast egg sandwich, as well as salads and sides.

Stay tuned for details on Brown Sugar Kitchen’s opening in Oakland, featuring a much larger space, prime location, elegant interior, and, for the first time, dinner service.

Gumbo at Brown Sugar Kitchen
The gumbo is full of shrimp and chicken with rice on the side.
Bacon, cheddar, and scallion biscuits from Brown Sugar Kitchen
Scallions and bacon dot this flaky biscuit.
Breakfast options include cheesy grits with poached eggs.
Tanya Holland’s famous chicken and waffles are on offer.
Beignets come with a side of jam.
Plain buttermilk biscuits and bacon-cheddar-scallion biscuits are both available.
Fried chicken in a box
You can order fried chicken a la carte.
A spread of food at Brown Sugar Kitchen
A full spread at Brown Sugar Kitchen.

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