Tonight we had our last meal at Magnolia Grill and I can sum of the dinner experience in one sentence. It is all about the food.
We have been promising our 10 year old daughter for the longest time that we would take her for dinner there one day. Well, it was either tonight or never. I am still not sure what I enjoyed more -my food or her reaction to her meal.
For appetizers my wife and daughter each ordered the grits souffle, my wife still refers to it as the best food item she has ever put into her mouth. I ordered the soft shell crabs. As always the grits was excellent, and what I was able to eat of the soft shell crabs was truly great. What I was able to eat is due to my daughter stealing half it from me. The crab was perfectly fried and the slaw served with it was just the ideal accompaniment.
For my daughter's main she ordered the pork chop, I ordered the short ribs and my wife the grouper. Once again everything was perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. I always thought that one of their greatest strengths was how they paired sides to the protein in their mains and tonight was no exception.
Since tonight was our last time we decided to splurge on the calories and each of us had our own dessert. I had a goat cheese panna cottta that was simply divine and oh so light. My wife's chocolate chip pound cake and my daughter's chocolate waffles were also great.
I am so going to miss this place. I have never been served anything there that was not well executed. I have also never been there without seeing Ben Barker in the kitchen. I will miss his dedication to quality and continued service in the kitchen when so many chef/owners have left the kitchen to become "restauranteurs".
Thank you for many wonderful years, Ben and Karen Barker and staff.