Revisiting Magnolia Cafe for their weekend menu specials

Magnolia Cafe

It was brought to my attention that Magnolia Cafe occasionally has special weekend dinner menus with set courses. I haven’t been back to the Southern-inspired restaurant on north Woodlawn. So after seeing their special menu last week, I had to stop by as soon as I could.

2424 N Woodlawn St., Wichita, KS 67220

Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 2pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 9am – 2pm
Closed on Monday

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The weekend menu at Magnolia Cafe was $35 a person and available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

We went for a date night where our daughter joined us as a third wheel. To anybody curious, she had the grilled cheese which came with fries and served on a plate which looked like it weighed more than she did. The grilled cheese came out nice and warm with ooey gooey cheese that our daughter loved. The mountain – high pile of fries was a big selling point for her as well.

Magnolia Cafe

The adults started off with a couple of cocktails; an old-fashioned and a Moscow mule made with Greatness Vodka’s peach cherry. Both were delicious… delicious enough to order a second round of the drinks.

Back to the dinner menu at Magnolia Cafe, we were able to choose a shared starter and went with the charbroiled gulf oysters, served with Cajun butter, Parmesan cheese and scallion mignonette sauce. The oysters were large; I also think this was the first time I’ve had charbroiled oysters. I loved every second of it. My only issue was: I had to share them.

For our soup or salad option, we went with one of each. I had the butternut squash bisque, while Megan had the chard Caesar salad.

Between the two, we thoroughly enjoyed the soup. It was creamy with a slight hint of cinnamon and coconut that really hit our taste buds. In hindsight, I should have ordered a second bowl of it. The salad was slightly underwhelming, with the char on the romaine lettuce being a bit overpowering on taste.

For our entrée choices, I had the New York strip prepared rare and Megan went with the crispy skin salmon.

I wasn’t really digging the green pepper corn sauce on my steak, as I found it to be a bit too salty. But everything else was a bit hit for me. The grilled asparagus and Yukon potatoes confit were a great addition. To add to that, my steak was cooked as ordered.

As for the salmon, when I hate a couple of bites and looked up, the salmon was gone. I wondered why things were so quiet, and it looked like the meal was so good that not a word needed to be said.

To end our date night, Magnolia Cafe’s special menu concluded with a crispy apple galette. We each received one, and it was the perfect ending to our meal.

For a casual date night, we found $35 per person to be a fantastic price tag for our meals (not including our 3rd wheel’s grilled cheese). There were some superb dishes served our way, and it was, for the most part, very tasty. We could easily see ourselves returning to Magnolia Cafe for weekend dinner specials.

There were zero complaints about the service, and our server made sure to check on us at the appropriate times.

I’m definitely glad we finally made it back to Magnolia Cafe. Hopefully, next time won’t be as long between visits.

Here’s the menu:

Happy Dining,

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