Experience southern comfort at Magnolia’s

A special advertising feature of the Alexandria Times.

The latest dining establishment on Alexandria’s restaurant scene, Magnolia’s on King, is already a hit just a few weeks after its opening. In the heart of Old Town at 703 King St., this new eatery is serving delicious southern immersion cuisine in a simple yet elegant setting.

Upon entry, patrons have a tough choice: head for the intimate main dining room on the ground floor with its crisp white tablecloths and comfortable upscale seating or head upstairs. On the second floor, one can sit at the trendy yet traditional bar and partake of the creative cocktails and wines. The other option is equally appealing, as one can ease into the lounge area with soft chairs and seating that is perfect for a quiet drink and conversation.

But the primary reason everyone is flocking to Magnolia’s is the food. The dinner menu has a number of familiar favorites with a creative twist thanks to the culinary skills of chef Brian Rowe. Rowe was part of the dream team of cooks at Wolfgang Puck’s Grand Cafe as well as his worldfamous Spago.

At Magnolia’s, Rowe’s fine dining creations are all worth sampling. The sweet tea-brined buttermilk fried chicken with greens, quinoa and sweet potatoes tastes like the best of AllAmerican fried chicken with a twist. Other big hits are the bison meatloaf with greens and mac and cheese, and deep-fried oyster po-boy sliders, which come to the table on a lightly grilled baguette with blacked aioli, bibb lettuce and tomato.

Other diners think the grilled bone-in pork chop with root beer gastrique and delicately mashed sweet potatoes or the cornmealdusted fried blue catfish with freshly baked, house made cornbread are the items to order. For lighter fare or as an enhancement to dinner, try the watermelon and feta salad with vinaigrette. The taste is fresh, summery and pleasing to the palette.

The lofty goal of Magnolia’s on King is to offer exceptional southern hospitality and cuisine in an intimate setting. Mission accomplished. Come and see for yourself: the restaurant is southern hospitality at its best.

The food is so delicious you won’t want the Magnolia’s experience to end.

Dining room open 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Lounge open 6 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour in Lounge will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Coming soon: brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For reservations or more information, please call 703-838-9090 or visit www.magnoliasonking.com.

A special advertising feature of the Alexandria Times.