Topsy’s Kitchen, Petaluma

Grits, chicken waffles and beignets rock Petaluma

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I’ve been hearing all sorts of great things about Topsy’s Kitchen, a new breakfast/brunch/lunch spot in Petaluma. With a focus on Southern comfort food, making a beeline to P-Town became a hot priority.

The former Punjabi Burrito on Kentucky St. has been remodeled completely, with a warm, whitewashed interior, crisp tablecloths and an eye-catching pass-out and window into the kitchen. Fresh pies sit temptingly in a nearby windowed case, and the menu is, well, stellar.

Breakfast is a well-curated mix of sweet and savory that includes beignets with jam ($5), buttermilk biscuit sandwiches with pimento cheese, buttermilk berry pancakes ($6) and healthier fare of organic quinoa with seasonal veggies ($7.50).

Lunch includes their journey-worthy buttermilk fried chicken in both sandwich  ($11) and chicken ‘n waffles, along with shrimp and grits ($14) and a grassfed burger ($12.50). Watch for daily specials of gumbo and brisket.

The only misstep was the much-anticipated sweet potato biscuit, which was hard and cold, though honey butter improved things. I also missed out on the bacon in my cheesy grits, but hey, no one’s perfect.

Two can’t miss items: Lucy’s chicken-fried deviled eggs (yup, deviled eggs smashed back together, dipped in batter and fried, $9.50) and streusel topped caramel apple pie (drenched in salted caramel ($6) that fed two with a hearty chunk left over for a midnight snack.

Topsy’s Kitchen: 131 Kentucky St., Petaluma, (773-4743).