Austin >Magnolia Cafe
This 24 hour restaurant is a weekly must for most Austinites. From the pancake lover to the vegetarian to someone who just wants a good chicken sandwich -- everyone can be pleased at Magnolia.
Magnolia Cafe may be Kerbey Lane's diner doppelganger, but there is one distinguishing menu item here that I'd like to bring to your attention: Cornmeal pancakes. Smeared with butter, they're like eating warm cornbread muffins in pancake form, and they're not too sticky sweet, either. Then again, if sweets are what you crave after a long night out, feel free to douse them with bananas, maple syrup, and even chocolate chips -- Magnolia won't judge you.
Pancakes so good, you'll faint. Mag Mud equally as impressive..
Magnolia's pancake recipe: sugar and spice and everything nice. No, not really. But they must put about a pound of butter and gallon of sugar in each stack. They're absolutely divine. Enough to send you into a comatose state, but, in my opinion, totally worth it.
Mag Mud is equally as delicious and probably carries a nutritional box that is equally as horrifying. But is definitely worth the extra notch in your belt.
Good prices, great atmosphere, totally delicious food - what's not to love? Start up your day with a stack of Magnolia pancakes and round it out with Mag Mud at night. Magnolia can feed you all day - and night - long!
I love this place. Simply put.
Great food, great hours, fun servers.... My favorite 24 hour joint. ;)
There's a reason it's hard to get a table. All I have to say is- red potatoes for the home fries! They are delicious. I was afraid of the service from reading previous reviews. But my experience was very nice. I ordered an omelet not on the menu-avocado, bacon, cheddar, portabella- and they prepared it great to order with no hassles. I suppose if I had one thing to gripe about it would be thier coffee. Only because I like good gourmet coffee. Theirs is standard diner variety. Not bad, but considering the good food and great atmospere, they should have top notch coffee. They have a cool mural painted around the walls and a rotating art show, of local artists. Now that's cool!!
worst service ever!!!!And the food was not worth the $$. I have never knocked a resteraunt online, ecspecially one catering to the sixth street go-ers afterhours, but I cannot let my experience at Magnolia Lake Austin go. After work, two of my coworkers and I went there for food. We were having a conversation and were'nt ready to order when the waiter came to our table, he aggressively told us that we needed to hurry and order because they were getting slammed (which never actually happened, the room was only 2/4 full). Then, he avoided our table , walking past us and averting his eyes, we had to wait another 15 minutes to order. When we finally ordered he told us we were getting too much food, that it was going to take a long time. I tried to place a to-go order with him so he could put the order in all at once, but he said we could worry about that later. He brought our food and the check at the same time so I never even got to order my to go food. And worst of all, some actual rude customers who WERE drunk, came and sat at our table. The waiter told the guy to move his chair out of the aisle, and when my friend told the waiter they were'nt in our party, the waiter yelled at her and said " I don't care he still can't sit in the aisle".He should have asked THEM to leave , but instead WE were treated rudely. Being in the service industry myself I know what it is like to deal with jerks, but I can differentiate between jerks and nice people and the waitstaff at Magnolia obviously no longer takes the time to do that. If you want late night snacks, go to Star seeds, they may have rude waiters too, but at least the musics better and they refill your coffee.
best pancakes. I have been eating at the Magnolia for 15 years now. I love going there at all times of day, and have tried items from every part of the menu. Of course some things are a lot better than others. The pancakes are the best in town and you can never go wrong with the Love Veggies. The service can be random but I always feel that at least the staff are trying. This is the kind of restaurant that appears to employ people who actually care about their customer's experience, but at times they seem to be run a little ragged. One of my favorite things about going there is the fact that the restaurant has really managed to maintain that "old Austin" feel. The clientelle spans all age groups and the atmosphere is eclectic. I've noticed a marked change in the past few years in the quality of items on their dinner menu, and highly recommend trying one of the daily board specials. It seems a little weird ordering something here that costs more than ten dollars, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality.
When is the Last Time the Health Dept. Made a Visit?.
Your immune system maybe up to the task, but why risk it.
For the heavy drinking, late night crowd or students, this is a great place. I was concerned with what I saw on my last visit. Utensils dirty, dropped food served, and staff uncleanliness. What I don't see in the kitchen can pass as the unknown won't hurt me, but out front with servers-yikes!
it's okay. if you must come here, stick to stuff that you know is easy to make: nachos, pasta, breakfast tacos, omelettes. don't be tempted by the fancier sounding stuff. good coffee.
Just OK. Lived in Austin 13+ years and don't get the popularityof this place? It's OK, just OK. Food has some good dishes and others that seem like they just lack a certain something--flavor perhaps? Service is my biggest complaint. Wait staff is the typical Austin slackers in those one size too small, proletariat brown t-shirts that always seem too cool to really care about good service.
What a great place!. They have one of the most creative uses of space at this restaurant. We came across a little bit of a wait, but I must say it was well worth it. Their staff is kept busy, but they're still friendly and on top of your order. You can't be a place that serves breakfast all day either.
Not Impressed At All. We ate at Magnolia b/c it was recommended as one of the best places to go in Austin. The restaurant does have that "Austiny" feel, but everything else was way below par. The food was not good at all - bland and boring. The waitstaff was not polite and seemed rushed even though there was no crowd. We were disappointed with the appetizer and the main dish - I recommend NOT wasting your time or money here. If you looking for something with that Austin feel, go to Kirbey Lane instead.
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