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Best cornbread

porkcornbreadFox Bros. cornbread goes great with a little pulled pork and it’s your pick for best cornbread in and around Atlanta.

1. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
You say, “Fox Bros. BBQ’s jalapeno cornbread also gets a nod from me.”

2. Cracker Barrel
3. Matthews Cafeteria
4. Harold’s
5. Roasters

1. Greenwood’s on Green Street
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “Cornbread seems to be one of those nostalgic dishes — those for which our preferences are heavily influenced by our early experiences. In my family, there was no place for sugar in the cornbread. Ours was a buttermilk round with crisp edges cooked in a cast-iron skillet afloat with butter. Greenwood’s on Green Street serves its cornbread made in muffin tins, but don’t be fooled. These aren’t sweet cornbread muffins. The cornbread here is the real deal, so buttery and moist, leaving traces of grease on your fingers. I daresay these might even be a smidge better than my own grandmother’s cornbread.”

2. Busy Bee Cafe
3. Carver’s Country Kitchen
4. Harold’s Barbecue
5. Mary Mac’s Tea Room

103 comments Add your comment


June 4th, 2012
11:16 am

Absolutely, without question. . . Cracker Barrel’s Corn Muffins!


June 4th, 2012
11:25 am

I really like the cornbread at South City Kitchen.


June 4th, 2012
1:07 pm

First, good cornbread should not be sweet. Second, it should not have pieces of corn in it. So, OK Cafe is out from the get go.


June 4th, 2012
1:12 pm

The blue corn muffins at Nava!


June 4th, 2012
1:16 pm

There’s no one correct way to make cornbread. Sweet and corn pieces suits me just fine, so I nominate OK Cafe. Fox Bros. BBQ’s jalepeno cornbread also gets a nod from me.

mary ellen

June 4th, 2012
2:18 pm

Best Cornbread- Hallie Kimsey’s


June 4th, 2012
2:37 pm

I’m surprised a you, Nathan. J/K. Whatever that is OK makes is actually good. Maybe call it corn cake.


June 4th, 2012
3:17 pm

The corn muffins at Cracker Barrel…I’m real picky about cornbread, so I don’t eat it at many places and (IMO) it should not have sugar in it..


June 4th, 2012
3:26 pm

Cornbread should not be sweet, or taste like pound cake. It shouldn’t have corn kernels in it. It should be a bit salty and a bit greasy. It is probably better with yellow meal, but white is acceptable. Must be well browned and crispy on outside, soft and tender on the inside. If any, no more than a TBSP or so of sugar.

Give me Colonnade’s little baby muffins or Cracker Barrel’s big ones any time!


June 4th, 2012
6:25 pm

Fox Brothers, hands down!

Bama Man

June 4th, 2012
7:07 pm

One Star Ranch


June 4th, 2012
8:41 pm

Fox Brothers. I agree with the posters above. Cornbread should not be sweet.


June 4th, 2012
8:42 pm

The Spanish cornbread from Picadilly is actually pretty good but the hands down best cornbread on the face of the earth is made at ” The Beautiful Resturant. Good Googa Mooga…… That’s some good eatin


June 4th, 2012
8:44 pm

Harolds cracklin cornbread..

Briley Parkway

June 4th, 2012
8:49 pm

Gus Morris

June 4th, 2012
9:01 pm

Mine is the best! It’s even been mentioned in an AJC article!

Logical Reasoning

June 4th, 2012
9:07 pm

The best corn muffins are at Glady’s Knight Chicken and Waffles

Logical Reasoning

June 4th, 2012
9:08 pm

But I do agree Johjn at 8:42 as well, those might make #2 on my list


June 4th, 2012
9:19 pm

My Mother’s kitchen.


June 4th, 2012
9:22 pm

Harold’s no longer has cracklin in their cornbread just one more step towards the end. But even without cracklin their cornbread is very good. Cornbread should be crisp on the outside soft on the inside, no sugar, a little vegetable oil made with buttermilk and no egg.

My Two Cents

June 4th, 2012
9:43 pm

The Barbeque Kitchen on Virginia Avenue has the best cornbread and Mexican cornbread. Real cornbread does not need sugar just lots of butter.


June 4th, 2012
9:55 pm

Harold’s BBQ. Crunchy on the outside, moist and cracklins on the inside. Even better dipped in their Brunswick Stew!


June 4th, 2012
9:57 pm

Why shouldn’t cornbread be sweet? I don’t live in Atlanta anymore, but I always liked OK Cafe’s.


June 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

EATS!!! The best. I even buy their cornbread to make my great grand mother’s dressing every Thanksgiving.


June 4th, 2012
10:09 pm

Henry’s Louisiana Grill, no contest!

Vince Doodley

June 4th, 2012
10:22 pm

Please my mama’s cornbread is better than all of this restaurant junk.

Vince Doodley

June 4th, 2012
10:23 pm

Now if you want to start a serious discussion, discuss the best way to make collard greens to go with that cornbread.


June 4th, 2012
10:30 pm

jim n nicks, south city, and the jiffy box doctored up big time


June 4th, 2012
10:40 pm

You gotta go to Greenwood’s on Green Street to get the best cornbread.

Michael Bischoff

June 4th, 2012
10:45 pm

Harolds cracklin cornbread without a doubt… The best


June 4th, 2012
10:45 pm

Matthews Cafeteria in Tucker. I usually don’t even get dessert there, the cornbread is the perfect end to the meal, especially when it’s soppin’ up the last of the chicken n dumplins!

Bo U

June 4th, 2012
10:47 pm

At my house and White Lily self raising corn meal!!

Ala Al

June 4th, 2012
10:54 pm

My Wife’s sweet Grandmother always made the best cornbread – She used lots of Oil and a Big Black Cast Iron Skillet – I don’t believe she measured anything ! Yum Yum ;-)


June 4th, 2012
11:46 pm

Matthews in Tucker has pretty decent cornbread nothing fancy, but that is how cornbread is supposed to be.

Also, anyone notice how many folks seem to eat all their meals at Fox Brother’s? Strange… 


June 5th, 2012
12:17 am


linda lee

June 5th, 2012
12:40 am

Excuse me? You young folks need someone to cook a good meal for you. A “southern” meal that is! Cornbread is made with coarse meal, preferably yellow and self-rising, with buttermilk, definitely an egg, and to be cooked in a deep black iron skillet until well browned on the bottom and around the edges. Bacon drippings for the batter and for oiling the skillet are best, but in limited quantity. Muffins? Same batter, different baking pan with less cooking time. Several of the restaurants mentioned do offer a reasonably good substitute; however, when we want the real thing…there is no place like home.

Cannot believe nobody has said Carvers

June 5th, 2012
12:47 am

The Jalapeño cornbread at Carvers is the best I’ve ever had. Worth the trip off Marietta St all by itself.


June 5th, 2012
1:00 am

Fox Bros. BBQ


June 5th, 2012
1:23 am

Vince, great comment about collards. The best I’ve ever had, believe it or not, were at Charlie Brown Field cafeteria, which is now closed. I was last there about five or six years ago. They had an outstanding lunch presentation at that time, including the best collards I have ever had. A very hard working gentleman ran the show there. I trust he is now doing well at a restaurant venture elsewhere.

sharon wade

June 5th, 2012
1:47 am

I don’t have a favorite restaurant. However, my two friends make the best cornbread ever. Kudos to Vannessa Garrett and Shirley Carter. Taste and see that it is GOOD.

Know it all

June 5th, 2012
3:52 am

Only Yankees put sugar in their cornbread. I always ask if they have Yankees cooking in the kitchen because of that one thing—sugar in the cornbread. YEK!!


June 5th, 2012
4:02 am

Linda Lee has cornbread down pat. I might go for some jalapenos mixed in sometimes.


June 5th, 2012
5:41 am

Best Cornbread is – Maritza & Franks 637 N. Central Ave Hapeville, Ga


June 5th, 2012
6:36 am

The cornbread muffins at the UGA Continuing Education Center in Athens are excellent.

verna black

June 5th, 2012
6:48 am

so where is the recipe???????

Becky B.

June 5th, 2012
7:03 am

I too agree with Linda Lee! My mom made terrific cornbread…bacon drippings and a cast iron pan were important to making a well-browned crust. And absolutely no sugar! Haven’t found cornbread like this at any restaurant I can think of.

Eric C

June 5th, 2012
7:06 am

The Corner Pub in Decatur has awesome cornbread!


June 5th, 2012
7:07 am

Definitely can’t be sweet, and definitely Fruit Jar Cafe in Cartersville has THE BEST cornbread in town. And the best bean bar to go with it!


June 5th, 2012
7:17 am

Henry’s in Acworth!


June 5th, 2012
7:17 am

Simply stated, if you want the best cornbread possible, you gotta get out of the ugly Atlanta mega-opolis and head for Alabama.