Restaurants & Bars 3

Thanks Hounds: Magnolia’s Louisiana Cuisine in SD

Dommy! | Jul 18, 200507:41 PM

About a month ago, I posed a challenge to the hounds. Find me a great place near a trolley stop. I got some wonderful recs… but none stood out like the one for Magnolias! I grew up in South Central L.A.. I love southern/soul/Cajun food. I’m also 100% Yucatecan, so the spicier the food the better! So on Saturday, three of us Comic Con visitors happily waved the madness of the gas lamp goodbye (Comic Con let out right as the Padres game was about to start. INSANITY!!) and hopped on the orange line towards the Euclid Stop…

Very quickly we arrived, and as I stepped out the trolley, I began to take out my map when I looked up and saw Magnolia’s staring right at me. WOW! Talk about convenient!! I felt like Doris Day…;)

At 8pm on a Saturday, we were very happy to find a Jazz band going full swing and a few patrons. The dining area is divided, almost like a V shape, with the entry being a showcase for a bar and small table and to your left being the formal dining room. We choose a table about middle ways so we could hear the band, but still be able to chat. After grabbing a round of Crimson Voodoo (One of my favorite beers!), we placed our order… My brother and I split…

* Fried Oysters: A good size appetizer of corn meal batter fried oysters. There were SO good… They weren’t greasy, the batter clung perfectly and the insides weren’t over done at all… they remained very ‘oystery’ even through a dash of hot sauce and a bit of cocktail sauce. Because of this though, it can be an acquired taste, our dining companion did not care of them at all…

*Fried Catfish Plate with Greens and Mac N Cheese: Another good size serving of catfish done just like the oysters. The fish was meaty, and just perfect all on it’s own. Excellent! The greens were also done just perfect. No too mushy, not too salty, not bitter or tough. The Mac and Cheese could have had a little more ‘cheesiness’. The dish was cooked well (Little al dente elbow macaroni) but the flavor was very mild.

*Jambalaya with Shrimp and Sausage: This was a very saucy Jambalaya, wonderfully spiced that it even made my brother say WOW after the first bite (Remember, we were weaned on habaneros!). It resembled more like risotto than any other Jambalaya I’ve tried, but it was none the less wonderfully tasty!

We were STUFFED, so no dessert and we even had left overs! So with our dining mate ordering a chicken salad, our tab, drinks, tax and VERY nice tip (Service was great and the owners were SO nice!) for the three of us came out to about $62.00… Awesome! I paid more than that at Hash House a Go Go last year for just two and we didn’t even get live music! :)

I highly recommend this place for visitors (Since it’s so near the trolley stop) as well as locals (You guys need to fill that place up! :)) And hopefully I don’t have to wait until next years Comic Con to return myself!

Thanks again SD hounds!


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