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Magnolia, Inman Sq.

Joanie | May 12, 200809:45 AM     13

A friend wanted to get his b-day dinner there before they close. It was very quiet at 7:15 on a Fri. but picked up a fair amount as we ate, maybe part of the reason he's closing. I was always surprised it was so easy to walk right in and sit (no East Coast runoff?). Fried oyster app from the regular menu was great, big oysters very well fried with delicious garlicky spinach on the side. We also got one from the Texas special menu of blue corn meal fried calamari and that was good too altho I didn't read the blue part and it looked like an overdone batch at first. I really liked the fried catfish altho didn't notice the pecan crusting. Good collard greens and grits except, but the dish was served with a sauce that kind of got in the way of everything. Friend enjoyed his duck and some interesting beer you can't usually find up here. Too full for dessert so just had one of the banana muffins they serve in the bread basket. Service was super accommodating, apps in the $5-10 range and most entrees <$20. I always wondered why this place didn't get more love and now it'll be gone. Is there anything else in the way of nicer southern/Cajun food around here?

As a side note, I was at a party at Rocca last week and they were serving amazing fried clams that I don't see on the menu. They were really lightly done and very nice, maybe they're a special. Also those arancini are really good and worth checking out, esp. now that the patio is open.

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