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4 Crazy-Good Cornbreads

Emma Reith | November 7, 2017 | Feature Features

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by breaking bread with friends and fam, specifically via the corn iterations at these O.C. spots.
The cornbread with zucchini at Hendrix

1. Arc
Wood-grilled wonderfulness comes by way of Noah von Blöm’s variation. It’s offered as a side to accompany any meal. And like everything else at this hot spot, the corn cake is fire- and iron-baked. A final touch: It’s butter-crisped and gently glazed with salted maple. $8

2. Hendrix
Oh, my: The cornbread with zucchini here is the highlight of any meal, and it’s available each night only as long as it lasts. (You must allow 14 minutes for its prep; that’s the time it takes to achieve perfection!) Chef Rainer Schwarz’s take on the classic is sprinkled with sea salt and brought to your table with housemade honey compound butter that is good enough to eat straight. $7

3. Memphis Cafe
Southern soul food is the star, so naturally cornbread is served the moment you take your seat. Co-owner Dan Bradley suggests crumbling it on top of the Down Home Gumbo to add sweetness to the savory stew. Gumbo $5.50-$8.95

4. SeaSalt Woodfire Grill
Bacon jalapeno cornbread? It’s the best of all worlds! An open fire brings out the spicy nature of the peppers, and the meat is carefully rendered in a cast iron skillet to create the best texture for the bacon bits. An insider’s tip from chef Sean McCuen: He saves the bacon grease to crust the baked goodness in flavor and crunch. $12


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