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Restaurant Spotlight: Magnolias

Southern tradition with a modern twist, plus a wine list full of value
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White tablecloths meet fried green tomatoes and boiled peanuts at Magnolias in Charleston, S.C.

Posted: December 7, 2017

Magnolias has been serving Southern cuisine in Charleston, S.C., for nearly 30 years and has held a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 1997. Though it’s been a local favorite for decades, the restaurant maintains a modern edge in both wine and food. Now led by chef Don Drake, the kitchen creates innovative plates based in Southern tradition, like the Down South Egg Roll, made with collard greens and peach chutney, and Bourbon-fried catfish with Creole grits and shrimp-and-bean succotash. Wine director William Netherland’s 200-selection list is strong in California and France. Most of the bottles are less than $100, including some outstanding values such as MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014 ($35) and Hamilton Russell Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde Valley 2015 ($50; Wine Spectator’s No. 11 Wine of 2016). For more expensive tastes, the “cellar selections” list wines range in price from $200 to $600. Magnolias also offers its own private-label Chardonnay made by Sonoma Wine Company.

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