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Cornbread at Yonder
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Where to Find Serious Cornbread Across Portland

From non-traditional versions like cakes and waffles to the standard loaf of Southern gold

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Cornbread at Yonder
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For born-and-bred Portlanders, the red-hot cultural divide that comes with the classic Southern cornbread is probably unfamiliar. Is it meant to be fried in bacon fat or baked in butter? Skillet or dish? As Portland has some significant distance from the Mason-Dixon line, locals craving a slice with their plate of Southern fare are blissfully absolved from the controversy.

For years, Portland’s restaurant scene has cozied up to Southern culinary tradition, stacking and smothering biscuits of all sorts and catering to barbecue enthusiasts from Texas to the Carolinas. Cornbread is the unsung hero of most soul food staples—the crumby, sometimes sweet, sometimes savory side dish that a half rack of ribs demands. This map runs the gamut of cornbread variety, featuring well-loved options from each pocket of the South alongside the outlandish interpretations that only Portlanders could create. Yes, a cornbread waffle made the cut. Eaters can peruse our Southern food map for a broader look at the region.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Po' Shines Cafe De La Soul

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8139 N Denver Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 978-9000
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In the world of cornbread adjacent recipes, Po’Shines Cafe De La Soul might reign supreme. The restaurant’s cornmeal waffle is a menu staple, big enough to fill the plate and cooked to soft, honey brown perfection. It’s not designed to be eaten alone—any eater worth their salt in the South knows a good chicken and waffle when they see one, and that might just be Po’Shines’ calling card. Po’Shines serves their cornmeal waffle beneath three large, fried chicken wings, available all day and easy to douse in syrup. All things considered, the cornmeal waffle may have walked so the cronut could run.

2. Podnah's Pit Barbecue

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1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 281-3700
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What good is a barbecue joint that doesn’t offer a side of cornbread, really? Podnah’s Pit has been blessing Portlanders with Texas and Carolina-style meats for 14 years, offering an unpretentious, minimalist space for diners to dig into 12-hour-smoked pulled pork and 10-hour-smoked brisket with a skinny slice of cornbread. Podnah’s cornbread is skillet-cooked, savory with plenty of grease from the fry, and browned near the edges—primed and eager to please the “cornbread, not cake” purists.

3. Yonder

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4636 NE 42nd Ave suite a
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 444-7947
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Chef Maya Lovelace’s region-oriented restaurant Yonder might be known for every Southern dish but cornbread. Folks come for the sky-blue walls and doily-plated dishes of fried catfish and its pimento mac and cheese, but they stay for more than Instagram fodder: Buried deep in the menu is Lovelace’s stone-ground cornbread with sorghum butter, a love letter to her North Carolina roots. For non-Southerners, sorghum is the region’s best kept culinary secret: a thick, sweet molasses that improves just about everything it melts over. On occasion, Lovelace’s second venture, Mae, serves a cornbread with potlikker butter that gives her signature fried chicken a sharply seasoned counterpart.  

4. MF Tasty Food Truck

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3925-3927, N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(602) 740-8861
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Cornbread doesn’t have to rest on its Betty Crocker laurels to serve the masses a good, honest slice. Cult favorite food cart MF Tasty takes the traditional recipe and levels it up with its signature Mexican-American style, incorporating roasted poblano peppers, herbed-lime compound butter, and spiced honey into the mix. It might be the first time a scrambled egg burrito has been paired with a side of old-fashioned cornbread, but there’s a first time for everything and legendary combinations have to start somewhere.

A slice of roasted poblano cornbread, topped with cilantro-lime butter, MF spice blend, and local honey. It sits on a white plate with a black trim
Poblano cornbread at MF Tasty
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5. Acadia

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1303 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 249-5001
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The folks over at Acadia serve up traditional Cajun fare like jambalaya and gumbo in their upscale bistro, and while the dinner menu never stays the same for too long, the side of buttermilk cornbread is a staple. Adding the modest side dish can be thought of as high-low dining. The buttermilk thickens the cornbread to a tender, fluffy texture, so diners will avoid the perils of slicing in and watching the bread crumble into pieces — a must for a fancy establishment that charges $6 for hushpuppies. 

6. The People's Pig

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3217 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 282-2800
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Food-cart-turned-storefront The People’s Pig is all about the greatest hits of Southern cuisine—after all, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The restaurant smoked its way into the barbecued heart of Portland, offering a menu of beef brisket and barbecue pork alongside all types of meat rubbed every which way in a rustic North Williams location. The side of cast-iron baked cornbread is the much-needed starch for the meat-centric dishes, blackened to a crisp on the outside with moist, crumby goodness on the inside.

7. Petunia's Pies & Pastries

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610 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 841-5961
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While it might be cooked in restaurant kitchens everywhere, cornbread is, at the end of the day, a baked good. At Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, sandwiched in between dozens of cupcakes and a bonafide roster of cookies, there is a lone cornbread selection available for purchase alone or with Petunia’s classic chili. The cornbread recipe sticks to the bakery’s high-sugar guns, served with globs of “Mom’s Molasses” and just enough homemade distinction to make it feel like it could have been baked in a Southern mom-and-pop shop. 

A white bowl of chili topped with slices of avocado sits next to a brown, brownie-like square of cornbead
Chili with cornbread at Petunia’s
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8. Portland Kettle

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1344 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 227-1344
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Food delivery favorite Portland Kettle isn’t the restaurant to slap a filter on for Instagram, but it is hiding a house-made gem behind its inoffensive spread of signature soups. Portland Kettle caters to those looking for a sweeter cornbread to sop up a bowl of chicken noodle, baked fresh each day in tall, cakey batches. The sugar lifts the salt of the soup, offering the ultimate comfort combination to get through the damp, grey Portland evenings.   

9. Bark City BBQ

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1080 SE Madison St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 227-9707
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Bark City is keeping the good name of Portland food carts alive, settled into the Hawthorne Asylum pod and taking locals down home to the Carolinas with their barbecue trays, meat-heavy sandwiches and brisket nachos. The side of cornbread sits next to other classics of the region—potato salad, mac n cheese and coleslaw—and would make any Southerner proud with its crispy edges and mild, chew-and-you’ll-miss-it sweetness. Regulars know to pair the meal with a banana pudding milkshake. 

An overhead photo of a tray of barbecue, including ribs, a sausage, turkey, cornbread, pulled pork, pickled avocado, potato salad, and barbecue onions
Cornbread on a Pitmaster’s Nap at Bark City BBQ
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10. South Food PDX

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1080 SE Madison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 799-0356
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The no frills, no fuss team at South Food is a recent addition to the sprawling food cart pods of Hawthorne Asylum, committed to cooking the Southern classics the way they were meant to be cooked. The side of cornbread marries South Food’s fried chicken and pulled pork roast with a gritty, cornmeal-heavy flavor and a thick, rough crust. South Food refuses to skimp on portion, meaning the cornbread will last through each bite of chicken and won’t battle for sweetness with the coke and peanuts the meal demands.

11. Tasty n Daughters

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4537 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 621-1400
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Tasty n Daughters, the offshoot of Portland brunch golden child Tasty n Sons, opened last year serving a menu stacked with specialty bites from across the globe. Its take on cornbread probably isn’t what the cul de sac’s Southern grandmother fried up, unless that grandmother had a taste for chili pepper and a knack for rebuffing tradition. Tasty n Daughters offers something cornbread adjacent: a skillet corn cake with jalapeño butter, cutting the sweetness of the bread with the first taste of spice. The corn cake is included with the steak and cheddar eggs, but can also be ordered alone for those with enough self assurance to go bread-on-bread. 

A cast iron comes with a yellow corn cake, topped with hunks of steak and a pile of soft scrambled eggs. It arrives on its own white plate, with a steak knife and fork next to it.
The Tasty steak n cheddar eggs, which comes on a skillet corncake
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1. Po' Shines Cafe De La Soul

8139 N Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217

In the world of cornbread adjacent recipes, Po’Shines Cafe De La Soul might reign supreme. The restaurant’s cornmeal waffle is a menu staple, big enough to fill the plate and cooked to soft, honey brown perfection. It’s not designed to be eaten alone—any eater worth their salt in the South knows a good chicken and waffle when they see one, and that might just be Po’Shines’ calling card. Po’Shines serves their cornmeal waffle beneath three large, fried chicken wings, available all day and easy to douse in syrup. All things considered, the cornmeal waffle may have walked so the cronut could run.

8139 N Denver Ave
Portland, OR 97217

2. Podnah's Pit Barbecue

1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211

What good is a barbecue joint that doesn’t offer a side of cornbread, really? Podnah’s Pit has been blessing Portlanders with Texas and Carolina-style meats for 14 years, offering an unpretentious, minimalist space for diners to dig into 12-hour-smoked pulled pork and 10-hour-smoked brisket with a skinny slice of cornbread. Podnah’s cornbread is skillet-cooked, savory with plenty of grease from the fry, and browned near the edges—primed and eager to please the “cornbread, not cake” purists.

1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Yonder

4636 NE 42nd Ave suite a, Portland, OR 97218

Chef Maya Lovelace’s region-oriented restaurant Yonder might be known for every Southern dish but cornbread. Folks come for the sky-blue walls and doily-plated dishes of fried catfish and its pimento mac and cheese, but they stay for more than Instagram fodder: Buried deep in the menu is Lovelace’s stone-ground cornbread with sorghum butter, a love letter to her North Carolina roots. For non-Southerners, sorghum is the region’s best kept culinary secret: a thick, sweet molasses that improves just about everything it melts over. On occasion, Lovelace’s second venture, Mae, serves a cornbread with potlikker butter that gives her signature fried chicken a sharply seasoned counterpart.  

4636 NE 42nd Ave suite a
Portland, OR 97218

4. MF Tasty Food Truck

3925-3927, N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
A slice of roasted poblano cornbread, topped with cilantro-lime butter, MF spice blend, and local honey. It sits on a white plate with a black trim
Poblano cornbread at MF Tasty
MF Tasty/Official

Cornbread doesn’t have to rest on its Betty Crocker laurels to serve the masses a good, honest slice. Cult favorite food cart MF Tasty takes the traditional recipe and levels it up with its signature Mexican-American style, incorporating roasted poblano peppers, herbed-lime compound butter, and spiced honey into the mix. It might be the first time a scrambled egg burrito has been paired with a side of old-fashioned cornbread, but there’s a first time for everything and legendary combinations have to start somewhere.

3925-3927, N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

5. Acadia

1303 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212

The folks over at Acadia serve up traditional Cajun fare like jambalaya and gumbo in their upscale bistro, and while the dinner menu never stays the same for too long, the side of buttermilk cornbread is a staple. Adding the modest side dish can be thought of as high-low dining. The buttermilk thickens the cornbread to a tender, fluffy texture, so diners will avoid the perils of slicing in and watching the bread crumble into pieces — a must for a fancy establishment that charges $6 for hushpuppies. 

1303 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97212

6. The People's Pig

3217 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Food-cart-turned-storefront The People’s Pig is all about the greatest hits of Southern cuisine—after all, if ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The restaurant smoked its way into the barbecued heart of Portland, offering a menu of beef brisket and barbecue pork alongside all types of meat rubbed every which way in a rustic North Williams location. The side of cast-iron baked cornbread is the much-needed starch for the meat-centric dishes, blackened to a crisp on the outside with moist, crumby goodness on the inside.

3217 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

7. Petunia's Pies & Pastries

610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
A white bowl of chili topped with slices of avocado sits next to a brown, brownie-like square of cornbead
Chili with cornbread at Petunia’s
Petunia’s Pies/Official

While it might be cooked in restaurant kitchens everywhere, cornbread is, at the end of the day, a baked good. At Petunia’s Pies & Pastries, sandwiched in between dozens of cupcakes and a bonafide roster of cookies, there is a lone cornbread selection available for purchase alone or with Petunia’s classic chili. The cornbread recipe sticks to the bakery’s high-sugar guns, served with globs of “Mom’s Molasses” and just enough homemade distinction to make it feel like it could have been baked in a Southern mom-and-pop shop. 

610 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

8. Portland Kettle

1344 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Food delivery favorite Portland Kettle isn’t the restaurant to slap a filter on for Instagram, but it is hiding a house-made gem behind its inoffensive spread of signature soups. Portland Kettle caters to those looking for a sweeter cornbread to sop up a bowl of chicken noodle, baked fresh each day in tall, cakey batches. The sugar lifts the salt of the soup, offering the ultimate comfort combination to get through the damp, grey Portland evenings.   

1344 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97201

9. Bark City BBQ

1080 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214
An overhead photo of a tray of barbecue, including ribs, a sausage, turkey, cornbread, pulled pork, pickled avocado, potato salad, and barbecue onions
Cornbread on a Pitmaster’s Nap at Bark City BBQ
Brooke Jackson-Glidden/EPDX

Bark City is keeping the good name of Portland food carts alive, settled into the Hawthorne Asylum pod and taking locals down home to the Carolinas with their barbecue trays, meat-heavy sandwiches and brisket nachos. The side of cornbread sits next to other classics of the region—potato salad, mac n cheese and coleslaw—and would make any Southerner proud with its crispy edges and mild, chew-and-you’ll-miss-it sweetness. Regulars know to pair the meal with a banana pudding milkshake. 

1080 SE Madison St
Portland, OR 97214

10. South Food PDX

1080 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214

The no frills, no fuss team at South Food is a recent addition to the sprawling food cart pods of Hawthorne Asylum, committed to cooking the Southern classics the way they were meant to be cooked. The side of cornbread marries South Food’s fried chicken and pulled pork roast with a gritty, cornmeal-heavy flavor and a thick, rough crust. South Food refuses to skimp on portion, meaning the cornbread will last through each bite of chicken and won’t battle for sweetness with the coke and peanuts the meal demands.

1080 SE Madison St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Tasty n Daughters

4537 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
A cast iron comes with a yellow corn cake, topped with hunks of steak and a pile of soft scrambled eggs. It arrives on its own white plate, with a steak knife and fork next to it.
The Tasty steak n cheddar eggs, which comes on a skillet corncake
David L. Reamer/Official

Tasty n Daughters, the offshoot of Portland brunch golden child Tasty n Sons, opened last year serving a menu stacked with specialty bites from across the globe. Its take on cornbread probably isn’t what the cul de sac’s Southern grandmother fried up, unless that grandmother had a taste for chili pepper and a knack for rebuffing tradition. Tasty n Daughters offers something cornbread adjacent: a skillet corn cake with jalapeño butter, cutting the sweetness of the bread with the first taste of spice. The corn cake is included with the steak and cheddar eggs, but can also be ordered alone for those with enough self assurance to go bread-on-bread. 

4537 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

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