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Magnolias Upscale Southern Cuisine

One of three restaurants owned by the HMGI in Charleston is Magnolias, opened in 1990, to offer upscale southern classics. Chef Don Drake has the task to give a modern international twist to the southern cuisine. 

The Place
Inside
Excellent service took time to explain dishes with great knowledge of southern cuisine, we started the night drinking a local Thomas Creek pilsner, I started the night with pan seared scallops on sweet corn hoe cakes and caramelised apples, smoked bacon, cream sauce, sautéed spinach, and balsamic syrup. The scallops were perfectly cooked, really nice flavour. We share some housemade potato chips with crumble blue cheese and scallions, they were quite nice, the blue cheese and scallions played nicely with the potatoes. 

Pilsner
Potatoes
Scallops
Then I got a cup of blue crab bisque, it was awesome the local crab bisque had a nice touch with fresh chives. Finally I closed the night having a pan fried boneless pork chop, Carolina dirty rice, sautéed green beans, and caramelised onion pan jus. The pork chop was nicely cooked, the rice was perfect and the dish had a nice balance. 

Blue Crab Bisque
Pork chop
Crab bisque reminds the Seinfeld episode “The Soup Nazi” 

George: Medium turkey chilli 
Jerry: Medium crab bisque 
George: I didn't get any bread 
Jerry: Just forget it. Let it go 
George: Um, excuse me, I think you forgot my bread 
Soup Nazi: Bread! $2 extra 
George: $2? But everyone in front of me got free bread 
Soup Nazi: You want bread? 
George: Yes, please 
Soup Nazi: $3! 
George: What? 
Soup Nazi: No soup for you!

Magnolias
T: +1 843 577 7771
Southern Cuisine / Modern American
Aprox Damage: $35pp
Area: Peninsular Charleston
Charleston
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