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Durham: Magnolia Grill.... again?

DweenDaddy | May 26, 200509:28 AM

So, I went to Magnolia Grill last night and I have to say I was slightly underwhelmed. We started off with soups: me with a very good leek and potoato soup, my wife with an AMAZING corn and shrimp chowder. The mains were good, don't get me wrong, very good lamb t-bone chops with a side of slightly over salted chard and slightly over sauced veggies. My wife had a pleasant Carolina Grouper. The bread was superb, the service great (attentive and informative - the waiter knew a lot about the ingredients and cooking methods). The desserts were a lemon tart with strawberries and a double (triple?) chocolate cake, both very good but not take your breath away like I have had there before.
So, I guess I might have to (reluctantly!) agree with David A that Magnolia is inconsistent for the price and thus the price is questionable. Not horrible for sure, but not the world class status I granted it before.
One side note - the beers are cheaper than in a lot of crappy bars, interestingly enough - a pint of Bass is $3.25!

So, I might just sip beer and eat dessert there for a little while.

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