Magnolia's was written up in the Reader a couple of weeks ago. I read it and filed it. I pass by Euclid and Market occasionally and last rainy TGIF evening as I passed the Market Place I decided, on the spur of the moment, to stop in. Mainly out of curiosity. The Creek Market Place itself is something to stop for. Still in the process of being completed, it is very colorful!
I'll pass up the details because Gayla and I are having dinner here on Wednesday and she will give one of her famous reports that make you feel like you are there.
Skip to the menu. Real Louisiana stuff. I ordered fried oysters for an appetizer. Fresh and tasted like the sea. Yum. Entree was two large filets of lightly breaded, perfectly fried catfish..pure white, tender and moist, OMG! served with a scoop of cornbread stuffing and brown gravy. I had a side (lagniappe,here) of scrumptious, fresh and tender collards cooked with either hamhocks or sausage but no grease and slurppy pot liqueur. Mmmm. And, IMHO, the criteria for good soul food is the yams. Well, I sure wasn't disappointed here. I think they must be at least as good as the sweet potato pie, which I might get around to trying one day. I was singing all thru the meal..mmmmmmmm. All of this and two cornbread muffins. Perfect cornbread that doesn't fall apart into crumbs and butter that wasn't ice cold. Alright now. Of course I couldn't eat it all so asked Heather, the server, for a take out box. Then she said to me, 'does this mean you'll pass on dessert?'. And I answered no way in this world. I opted for the peach cobbler. Divine. I ate two bites and boxed that to take home as well. Nice jazz playing at an unobtrusive level helped the digestion too. After I ate, I asked Heather if I could speak to the person who made this food. The owner, chef, magician....Bessie came to the table and we chatted about the business and food. They've been open two months and haven't advertised yet, still working out the knots. But they will bust out on the scene and I'm sure people will line up to get in this place.
Oh, and another thing...I must tell you that I woke up about one a.m. and hit the fridge and ate the rest of that peach cobbler. I haven't eaten in the middle of the night since I was a teenager.
I have a good friend who has been hounding me for 'good fried chicken, like I remember' for over a year. Well, the next day we were there for lunch and fried chicken, to die for! Both of us left smiling.
Market Creek Center
Euclid and Market
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday thru Sunday.