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A Sandwich a Day: N'awlins Sandwiches at Brenda's French Soul Food in San Francisco

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[Photographs: Lauren Sloss]

Don't hate me. I ordered a vegan sandwich at a Cajun restaurant. But not just any vegan sandwich—the Sloppy Josephine ($9) at Brenda's French Soul Food. A massive pile of finely diced, well-textured tofu is deeply saturated with Brenda's take on Sloppy Joe sauce—slow cooked onions, tomato paste, paprika, cayenne, chipoltle—allowing the spices and flavors to shine.

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But what kind of sandwich lover would I be if I didn't try a Brenda's po'boy? The catfish po'boy ($9.75) was a study in perfectly fried fish: the crisp, cornmeal exterior wasn't greasy, and the fish itself was flavorful without being too oily or funky. Topped with a spicy chipoltle remoulade, Brenda's po'boy is a Southern sandwich that San Francisco can be proud of.

Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk Street, San Francisco CA 94109 (map)
415-345-8100; frenchsoulfood.com

About the author: Lauren Sloss is a bicoastal food-lover who is based in San Francisco. Some of her favorite things include The Black Keys, goat gouda, and guacamole. You can follow her on Twitter @laurensloss.

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