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Mar 13, 2009 08:50 AM

Best Cornbread or Dinner Rolls in LA?

I used to love Brotherton's Farm House in Pasadena because of its steaming hot fresh baked bisquits and corn bread. Unfortunately they closed 25 yrs ago and it seem like bread is an after thought. The cheese bread at Clearmans in Covina is good when it hasn't been sitting in a warmer for an hour and the pop-ups at Donohoo's Fried Chicken in Pomona is great when they are served fresh from the oven with the pat of butter melting into the texture.

Who is doing it right?

Where can I find a great cornbread that's not as hard as a hockey puck, that has some flavor and that's served warm?

To me the bread is as important as the entree. I live in Covina but travel anywhere for a great meal.

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  1. I really enjoy the cornbread at Smitty's Grill in Pasadena.

    And, I don't know exactly what it was, but the last time I was at Providence (during the holidays) the bread service was probably the highlight of the meal.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I haven't had the corn bread AT Smitty's, but at a function they catered a couple of years ago they served these giant muffins that were not only achingly sweet, but were even topped with flakes of sugar. If you like that sort of thing then go for it, but I'd like to find some cornbread somewhere around here that's not dessert.

      1. re: Will Owen

        Yeah, I guess I'm a northerner when it comes to cornbreads.

    2. It is unforunately closed, but I found the cornbread at Doughboys to be otherworldly. The version at Roscoe's is damned good - too.

      As for dinner rolls/bread - the killer garlic knots at C&O Trattoria are to die for.....or to kill for.

      1. the dinner rolls they served at GRACE were terrific when i was last there.

        1. The Brazillian cheese bread at Fogo de Chao. They are small popovers made with tapioca flour and parmesan cheese. They are unbelievably good.

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          1. There was a good thread last year about table breads.

            To me bread is the vehicle that gets you where you want to go and the rest of the meal just goes along for the ride either as a good travel companion or bad. Without good table bread, sandwich bread, pizza crust or pie crust, everything else will not move me. Bread is the vehicle and you need the proper vehicle for the road that you wish to take.. I agree with you about that toasted cheese bread at Clearmen’s North Woods Inn. The same great cheese bread is at all Clearmen’s locations. Just ask the server to get some right from the over -- OMG. I also agree that Donahoo's has some very good fried chicken and the double size Hawaiian style sweet rolls go perfect with that take-out picnic lunch
            Several other places that come to mind for good bread are Petrillo's for Italian-American dinner, Pizza Palace California for dinner rolls w/ garlic butter, and Bluewater grill for sourdough..

            Clearman’s -- steaks, seafood and burgers.
            Donahoo's Golden Chicken (A take-out place, Very good Fried Chicken and giant sweet rolls)
            1074 N Garey Ave
            Pomona, CA 91767-3802
            (909) 622-3213

            Bluewater Grill

            Classic Italian-American dinner bread, Pizza -- request thin crust / pie cut pizza,
            Petrillo's Pizza (Restaurant & Take-Out
            )833 E Valley Blvd
            San Gabriel, CA 91776
            (626) 280-7332

            Italian with a Pacific-Rim twist. Dinner rolls with garlic butter melted on top-- Clam Chowder,
            Pizza Place California
            303 S Mission Dr
            San Gabriel, CA 91776
            (626) 570-9622

            The mention of cornbread has reminded me of some bread I had for the first time yesterday -- Irish Soda bread. This bread has a cornbread like texture -- dried crust, dense and moist inside. The chew is like a refined masa being not gritty but course and smooth at the same time. There is no corn flavor. It is kind of a bland soda and butter with a very faint sweet taste maybe. I had some last night with my homemade chili and it was a good solid foundation for the spicy chili. I got it from House of Bread in Chatsworth and it is only made once a year during the week of St. Patrick's Day.

            My post on House of Bread

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            1. re: JeetJet

              As part of my (it seems, infinitely long) BBQ survey, I stopped by Boneyard Bistro a few weeks ago. I've been getting lots of Wonder Bread at Q joints, so I was quite surprised at the high level of quality in the BB bread basket. It had tender and tasty little corn muffins, but the crusty white bread was as good as any I've had in a restaurant recently.

              I was their first customer that day and don't know if bread quality falls off as the night wears on, but this was superb.

              1. re: JeetJet

                Great post Jeet - agreed on the bread mattering. Great bread can make subpar food good and good food great. It is an art.