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The Magnolia Bar & Grill opened in 1983 during Houston's Cajun restaurant boom. And it's one of the last restaurants of that era that still serves authentic Cajun food. The gumbo has a spicy bite, and the fish is incredibly fresh. It's also a great place for oysters on the half shell and boiled crawfish.
So, we've been on this diet since—oh, what's it been now?—1973, seems like. That means nothing but veggies, and hold the bread. It also means we're very, very cranky at mealtime. The kindly staff at Lucky's understands. They gently wave us to our table and fetch a giant Diet Coke before we've even unrolled our napkin. "Still dieting?" they ask sympathetically with a smile as they take our usual order of nothing but veggies, bringing us the one cheating biscuit we request and promising not to bring another one even if we beg. Truth be told, we think they would give us another if we begged, but lucky for us, the service at Lucky's is so kind, welcoming and friendly that one is enough to take the edge off our 'tude. Someday soon, the diet from hell will end, and we'll surprise them by ordering that gooey cheeseburger and fries we crave. When we do, they won't judge. Shoot, they may applaud.
This is one of the few restaurants in town with a real dedicated oyster bar, as opposed to a bar that serves oysters. Check out the extensive collection of old-fashioned oyster plates hanging on the walls. Magnolia used to be owned by Jim Gossen of Louisiana Foods, the company that wholesales oysters to most of the other oyster bars in town. Gossen still takes care of his friends at Magnolia -- the restaurant boasts the freshest Gulf oysters in the city. The fresh red snapper, peewee... More »
Magnolia Bar & Grill opened in 1983 during Houston's Cajun-restaurant frenzy, the same boom that got the Pappas brothers and Tilman Fertitta started. Most of the Cajun restaurants that opened back then compromised on the spicy Cajun flavors to become family-friendly -- but not Magnolia Bar & Grill. The food here tastes exactly the way it did 20 years ago -- rich, spicy and outrageously delicious. Try the fresh red snapper, the pee-wee soft-shell crabs, the roasted duck, the gumbo and the... More »
When the waiter delivered the crawfish dinner ($15.95) at the Magnolia Bar & Grill (6000 Richmond, 713-781-6207), he asked with a wry smile, "Do you think that'll hold you for a while?" The massive dinner platter is a crawfish feast. No peeling,... More »
The white gin fizz cocktail contrasts sharply with the dark marble bar at Magnolia Bar & Grill [6000 Richmond Ave., (713)781-6207]. The magnificent wooden bar originally was built in 1898 for a saloon in San Francisco, the bartender tells us.... More »
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