Spicy jambalaya with grilled veggies and seasoned soy curls—it’s Southern comfort food with a local vegan twist. Housed smack-dab in the up-and-coming downtown area known as “The Block,” Cornbread Cafe’s new Springfield location draws crowds with Cajun- and Creole-inspired offerings.
Cornbread Cafe’s Springfield space, located in the 1911 Stevens and Perkins building in the newly revitalized Main Street area, is the pre-prohibition version of the popular Eugene restaurant.
Eugene’s Cornbread Cafe originally opened as a food cart in early 2010 and quickly expanded to a brick-and-mortar location in 2011. On the corner of 7th & Polk, it was formerly home to the landmark drive-in Deb’s, which opened in 1951. While Deb’s is long gone, little has changed inside the historic diner itself. Owner Sheree Walters hopes to bring Eugene’s classic drive-in back someday, complete with roller-skating carhops.
Southern Comfort Food with a Local Vegan Twist
In the meantime, Springfield’s space has a warm, inviting vibe to be sure. The menu additions, which are unique to this location, are Cajun- and Creole-inspired. New offerings include jambalaya, gumbo, Louisiana red beans and rice, and hot beignets, just to name a few. You’ll also find many familiar and popular Cornbread items from downtown Eugene, such as the French dip, the Reuben sandwich, the Chik’n-fried Tempeh, biscuits & gravy, and Gramma Sweetie Pie’s Peanut Butter Pie. As always, gluten-free options abound.
Belly up and get yourself a vintage cocktail made with local spirits or choose from the delightfully creative mocktail menu. The local artisan-made bar top, crafted by the fine folks of FireSmith Copper, is a must-see. Happy Hour is from 4-6 pm every day. Cornbread Springfield is open Tuesday-Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, with the occasional late-night event. Most of the live music and fundraising events take place during regular hours and go until 10 pm twice a month to catch Stealin’ Apples Jazz Band and the Track Town Swing Dancers.
So, what are you waiting for? Head to this newly revitalized slice of downtown Springfield and order up a heaping bowl of vegan Southern comfort food.