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Cornbread at Husk
Andrew Cebulka

7 Essential Charleston Cornbreads

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Cornbread at Husk
| Andrew Cebulka

To add sugar or to not add sugar — that is the question that could start a war in the South when it comes to cornbread. Throughout town, carb lovers will find different versions of the side. From a bacon-laden version at Husk to a sweetened hunk at Rodney Scott’s BBQ, here’s a selection of the top slices in town.

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1. Workmen's Cafe

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1837 Grimball Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 406-0120
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What would soul food be without cornbread? Pair a fluffy square with chef Angie Bellinger’s famous lima beans and fried chicken in her homely dining room at Workmen’s Cafe.

Workmen’s Cafe
Jonathan J.

2. Bertha's Kitchen

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2332 Meeting Street Rd
Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 554-6519
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The dense, slightly sweet Jiffy mix cornbread at Charleston institution Bertha’s Kitchen is quintessential for sopping up the remains of okra soup.

Bertha’s
Elizabeth B.

3. Rodney Scott's BBQ

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1011 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 990-9535
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The crumbly cornbread with sweet butter is the perfect foil for vinegar-tinged whole hog barbecue or smoky ribs at Rodney Scott’s BBQ.

Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Erin Perkins

4. Hominy Grill

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207 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 937-0930
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Instead of squares, the Hominy Grill cornbread comes in slices and acts as a wonderful addition to any plate of sides. It’s not as sweet as some of the others on this list, but there’s always jam on the table for those looking for a hit of sugar.

Hominy Grill

5. Martha Lou's Kitchen

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1068 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-9583
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It’s the tried-and-true trinity of butter, buttermilk, and sugar that makes the cornmeal sing in Martha Lou’s cornbread. Don’t fill up on fried chicken without having a bite.

Martha Lou’s
Jamie D.

6. Spero

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616 Meeting St A
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 203-3255
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Burnt honey miso butter isn’t the typical accoutrement to cornbread, but the guys at Spero aren’t about the ordinary. Try the bread flight to sample this Southern-meets-Japanese goodness.

Spero bread course
Sherry H.

7. Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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Baked in a cast iron pan, chef Sean Brock’s cornbread uses the finest Anson Mills yellow cornmeal and crumbles of Benton’s bacon. The dish is pulled straight out of the wood-burning oven for patron’s consumption. Don’t look for any sweetness here, but do cover it in the bacon fat butter.

Cornbread at Husk

1. Workmen's Cafe

1837 Grimball Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
Workmen’s Cafe
Jonathan J.

What would soul food be without cornbread? Pair a fluffy square with chef Angie Bellinger’s famous lima beans and fried chicken in her homely dining room at Workmen’s Cafe.

1837 Grimball Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

2. Bertha's Kitchen

2332 Meeting Street Rd, Charleston, SC 29405
Bertha’s
Elizabeth B.

The dense, slightly sweet Jiffy mix cornbread at Charleston institution Bertha’s Kitchen is quintessential for sopping up the remains of okra soup.

2332 Meeting Street Rd
Charleston, SC 29405

3. Rodney Scott's BBQ

1011 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Erin Perkins

The crumbly cornbread with sweet butter is the perfect foil for vinegar-tinged whole hog barbecue or smoky ribs at Rodney Scott’s BBQ.

1011 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Hominy Grill

207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Hominy Grill

Instead of squares, the Hominy Grill cornbread comes in slices and acts as a wonderful addition to any plate of sides. It’s not as sweet as some of the others on this list, but there’s always jam on the table for those looking for a hit of sugar.

207 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Martha Lou's Kitchen

1068 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403
Martha Lou’s
Jamie D.

It’s the tried-and-true trinity of butter, buttermilk, and sugar that makes the cornmeal sing in Martha Lou’s cornbread. Don’t fill up on fried chicken without having a bite.

1068 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Spero

616 Meeting St A, Charleston, SC 29403
Spero bread course
Sherry H.

Burnt honey miso butter isn’t the typical accoutrement to cornbread, but the guys at Spero aren’t about the ordinary. Try the bread flight to sample this Southern-meets-Japanese goodness.

616 Meeting St A
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Cornbread at Husk

Baked in a cast iron pan, chef Sean Brock’s cornbread uses the finest Anson Mills yellow cornmeal and crumbles of Benton’s bacon. The dish is pulled straight out of the wood-burning oven for patron’s consumption. Don’t look for any sweetness here, but do cover it in the bacon fat butter.

76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

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