Magnolias has been on the Charleston dining scene since 1990 – which is still considered new in Charleston terms I have been told. We heard from a number of people, tourists and locals alike, that this should be one of our stops. Who are we to argue?
We settled in for late dinner with the family, without a reservation, and received a beautiful table in the middle of the warmly decorated room. It is an elegant dining room so we were dressed accordingly. – not sure what their dress code actually is but this is a place you want to gussy up a bit for. The service was warm and hospitable and even the kids menu was quality – salmon, shrimp, great soups. Sure, there were chicken tenders but they were “fried chicken” tenders. So there is that.
We tucked into the fried green tomato appetizer which was dirty good and the soups were fresh and tasty – almost a meal in themselves.
Magnolias is known for their seafood so the regular menu Flounder and special Monkfish appealed and no one was disappointed – though the star was my wife’s pork tenderloin served with a sweet potato puree and pork belly with home cooked beans. I think I may have eaten more of it than she did.