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Brunch Madness Final Four: (2) Brenda's French Soul Food Vs. (4) Zuni Cafe
Theodore Gioia | Photo: Courtesy Libby Truesdell and Yelp | April 3, 2014
Round Fourteen: A neighborhood grudge match as the Tenderloin soul shack battles the Mid-Market idol.
Who has the best brunch in the city? Our first ever Brunch Bracket pits sixteen of the city's most popular brunch spots in a single elimination, fight-to-the-death tournament. Our food editor Rebecca Flint Marx seeded the contenders, but it's your votes that decide who wins. Every weekday, you'll have a chance to vote on the day's matchup until we decide our ultimate winner. Yesterday, number three seed Mama's on Washington Square ended number five seed El Techo de Lolinda's Cinderella run and earned a spot in the Championship match which starts Friday at noon.
Winner: Brenda's French 92%. Runner-Up: Zuni Cafe 8%.
(2) Brenda's French Soul Food
Address: 652 Polk St. (near Eddy St.)
Signature Dish: Shrimp and grits
Vibe: A cramped family reunion—where everyone is going to get to know each other
Representative Patron: The Tenderloin gourmand who wears jeans to work
Weakness: Is the phrase "Tenderloin gourmand" an oxymoron?
(4) Zuni Café
Address: 1658 Market St.
Signature Dish: The Zuni Burger, with house-ground beef, grilled rosemary focaccia, and Zuni pickles
Vibe: A Hollywood cliche of a San Francisco restaurant—big dining room and suspiciously well-lit tables
Representative Patron: The Mid-Market gourmand who wears suits and makes reservations for lunch
Weakness: It's brunch food at dinner prices
Do you prefer your Sunday chicken fried or roasted for an hour? Will Brenda's soul food or Zuni's California cuisine win this brunch battle? Vote here to let us know your pick. The poll will be open for 24 hours, so jump onto Twitter and Facebook to rally your friends!