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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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Workmen's Cafe

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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
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Bertha's Kitchen

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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.

Rodney Scott's BBQ

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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

Hominy Grill

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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

Martha Lou's Kitchen

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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.

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.

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

Workmen's Cafe

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.

Workmen’s Cafe
Jonathan J.

Bertha's Kitchen

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.

Bertha’s
Elizabeth B.

Rodney Scott's BBQ

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.

Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Erin Perkins

Hominy Grill

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.

Hominy Grill

Martha Lou's Kitchen

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.

Martha Lou’s
Jamie D.

Spero

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.

Spero bread course
Sherry H.

Husk

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.

Cornbread at Husk

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