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Southern Comfort at Pink Magnolia

10.27.2015 by: Allison Turpin
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It's hard to miss Pink Magnolia's neon pink sign lit up outside the cozy home on the edge of the Bishop Arts District. Wooden white swings frame the small patio with cafe lights strung across the ceiling, enhancing the charm of this quaint restaurant.

As you walk through the door, you enter the main dining room decorated in blacks, creams, and greens with the bar area on your right. You can also spot Executive Chef Blythe Beck in her hot pink chef's coat manning the service in the kitchen.

Interior of Pink Magnolia

Chef Blythe started as Dean Fearing's apprentice in the Mansion's kitchen where she learned the art of fine cuisine and technique. After a few other jobs, she served a stint in Trinity Groves' Kitchen LTO, where she met Casie Caldwell, her co-owner at this new swanky yet homey restaurant in Oak Cliff.

The motto at Pink Magnolia is "where company comes to dine," and the cuisine is southern fare with plenty of bacon, butter, and booze thrown into the mix. They serve brunch and dinner, with lunch service coming soon. The staff was friendly and the crowd was mixed, but everyone seemed to be having a good time. One warning though, the restaurant is extremely loud - it was nearly impossible to hear anything without shouting across the booth.

One of our favorite things at this new restaurant is the cocktail list. The Pink Magnolia Punch is a sweet mixture of rum, agave, lime, and orange blossom tea. Our favorite was the Southern Belle, composed of Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Rose Water, and Lemon. It comes with a beautiful layer of white cream dotted with a yellow dried flower floating on top.

Southern Belle Cocktail

Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs

One thing to remember before dining at Pink Magnolia: don't come here expecting to eat light. Almost everything on the menu is heavy and probably won't fit into your latest diet fad. BUT, if you come with these expectations, the menu will satisfy your cravings. Appetizers include Deviled Eggs, Jalapeno Hushpuppies, and Warm Crab and Lemon Dip, and a few salads and Corn Bisque round out the starters. We tried the Deviled Eggs, which on the night we went, were described as Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs. The bite-sized eggs were ultra creamy with only the slightest hint of pimiento cheese.

Entrees range from a Pan Seared Texas Red Fish to Bacon Cheddar Meatloaf to a Chicken Fried Ribeye. The portions are huge, and we suggest splitting one of them and ordering a few of the family-style sides for the table. Try the Pimiento Mac and Cheese or the Naughty Creamed Corn. The corn is luscious with a sweet aftertaste and was possibly our favorite thing we tasted all evening.

Desserts won't disappoint, so do your best to save room. Options include a Butter Cake with Bailey's Soak, a Maker's Mark Banana Pudding, and a Chocolate Fudge Waffle with peanut butter ice cream.

Chicken Fried Ribeye (this size is a split portion!)

Banana Pudding with Maker's Mark {Pink Magnolia Website Photo}

Pink Magnolia is newly opened and has a few things to work out, including some small service issues, noise level and the general seasoning on a few of the dishes. But overall, we think it would be a fun place for a girl's night out or dinner with a group of friends. We recommend stopping in any night (closed on Mondays) at 4:30 for their "sip & see" to have one of those cocktails when it's quiet and you can enjoy the ambiance.

{Pink Magnolia Official Website}

TAGS : Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts , Pink Magnolia