Magnolia's Contemporary Southern Bistro is good for your soul

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Chef Shanita McAfee has brought her take on Southern cuisine to Cherry Street.
  • Chef Shanita McAfee has brought her take on Southern cuisine to Cherry Street.
The best parts of a picnic - purple potato salad, deviled eggs and lemonade - have come to 2932 Cherry Street. Magnolia's Contemporary Southern Bistro, a modern take on Southern cuisine from caterer Shanita McAfee, opened last month in the former Cafe Seed space.

Back in January, Charles Ferruzza broke the story that Magnolia was going into the empty spot on Cherry Street, and McAfee promised that this wouldn't just be standard Southern fare.

"My dishes are Southern cuisine for the Food Network generation," McAfee told Ferruzza.

Red velvet waffles from Magnolia.
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  • Red velvet waffles from Magnolia.
The menu backs her up. Breakfast, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, has biscuits and gravy, "nutter butter" French toast and sweet-potato pancakes. For lunch and dinner, there's smoked gouda mac and cheese, the morning-after sandwich (oversized herb cheddar biscuit, arugula, Dijon honey-glazed ham and a fried egg), collard greens with smoked turkey and cornbread, red velvet waffles Evangeline (red velvet waffles with berries, smoked bacon, sweet-potato hash and eggs), and shrimp and grits (prawns in an herbed white wine cream sauce) atop a baked "grit cake."

The desserts are made in-house, so save room for sweet-potato pie, banana pudding or the cake of the day. The restaurant also has an extensive list of mocktails, including a basil and cucumber cooler, Southern limeade and a Roy Rogers. You can bring your own bottle of wine (a $10 corking fee applies).

Magnolia's is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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