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Corn Pudding, Cafe Dufrain, Tampa, Florida
Date December 15, 2012
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Cafe Dufrain, Tampa, Florida

Cafe Dufrain, Tampa, Florida

Article by: Charles W. Kerber, MD

Finding good food in a strange city is often chancy at best, but every once in a while, one comes across a hidden jewel. And in Tampa, Florida this week, I got lucky.

Tucked away between the condos on Harbour Island, I came across Café DuFrain (executive chef Ferrell Alvarez).

You might call the restaurant intimate – or small. Either works; they don’t mind, as long as you enjoy yourself. But importantly, the service is impeccable, and the food fresh and carefully prepared, especially the locally caught seafood.

Curious, I tried their Anson Mills corn pudding.

But it turns out that their corn pudding is in fact grits, and, well, grits is grits, right? Or so I thought. Having lived in the South for a few years while serving in the Marines, I thought I had come to know grits. But Chef Brian Lampe’s corn pudding was in a class by itself.

I asked Chef for the recipe, and he kindly obliged:

Anson Mills is little known to us damYankees, but it seems that everybody in the South knows about them. Check out their website ( They grind their white corn carefully. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. With them, or with Chef Lampe’s pudding.

Thanks Dad!

Charles W. Kerber, MD

Charles W. Kerber, MD

Cover photo courtesy of: Cage Dufrain

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One Response to Corn Pudding, Cafe Dufrain, Tampa, Florida

  1. Lisa Gearity says:

    I LOVE YOU TO THE ENDS OF THE GALAXY FOR PUBLISHING THIS RECIPE!!!! This is my absolute favorite dish and the heartbreak I felt when Chef Ferrell left to open his own restaurant devastated me! I am beyond ecstatic to have this and to make it tonight. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

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