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Brunch Madness Elite Eight: (2) Brenda's French Soul Food Vs. (6) Spruce

Round Twelve: A showdown between the soul food shack and the Michelin-starred mansion.

shrimp & grits vs. beignets

Brenda's shrimp and grits vs. Spruce's beignets

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 narrowly beat number two seed Nopa.

Winner: Brenda's French Soul Food 73%. Runner-Up: Spruce 27%.

Today's match-up:

(2) Brenda's French Soul Food
Address: 652 Polk St. (near Eddy St.)
Signature Dish: Shrimp and grits
Vibe: Your kooky aunt's house—a wall covered in mirrors, cramped tables, and mind-blowing food
Representative Patron: The old-school eater who's never who's never made reservations for breakfast
Weakness: How many people can survive four types of beignets (plain, chocolate, apple, and a savory crawfish) for breakfast?

(6) Spruce
Address: 3640 Sacramento St. (near Locust St.)
Signature Dish: Beignets with vanilla sugar, fresh fruit preserves, and crème anglaise
Vibe: Musky and masculine—think dark and sleek bachelor pad with lots of wood
Representative Patron: A couple with birthday reservations making their annual trip to the Presidio
Weakness: Can they really hope to win a beignet battle against a New Orleans restaurant?

Do you pick your brunch for the soul or the stars? Who will win the battle of the beignets? Can the queen of country cooking take down the tournament's only Michelin-starred restaurant? 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!

Follow along with the full bracket here. 


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