I recently ate lunch at Magnolia Pub & Brewery. Located at the North-East corner of Haight at Masonic, Magnolia is first and foremost a local brewery. While I don’t know enough about beer to report on it, I can tell you about the delicious food offered at Magnolia.
I was able to try one appetizer and two entrees to split with a friend.
We ordered the Baby Back Ribs appetizer, Picnic Chicken Sandwich and P.B.L.T.
The baby back ribs were fall-off-the bone tender. That was the first thing I noticed. It was cooked with a root beer glaze and you could taste a slight root beer taste. It wasn’t so strong that it was overwhelming but at the same time I’m not sure I was totally into it. Since the meat was so tender, I was able to overlook this aspect of the dish. The ribs were placed on top of a potato salad that was very poor. It was like the potatoes were just soaked in a mayo tasting liquid. Gross. Forget about that image though. Just focus on the beautiful baby backs.
Baby Back Ribs
The Picnic Chicken Sandwich sounds good just by name. The name just rolls off the tongue. Say it three times fast. Picnic Chicken Sandwich, Picnic Chicken Sandwich, Picnic Chicken Sandwich. Thankfully, the sandwich itself was just as good, if not better than its name.
The chicken was crispy after being breaded and then fried. It was placed on a long roll and then topped with pickled jalapeños, fennel cabbage slaw, onions, fennel honey, and aoili. Man was this delicious. I feared that with so much fennel listed in the ingredients it would be overpowering, especially since I am not a huge fan of fennel. Thankfully the strongest was flavor was from the pickled jalapeños. Such a great idea, pickling jalapeños. Bitter and spicy mixed together makes a great feeling in your mouth. Mix in the crunch from the crispy chicken, cole slaw and onions, add the moistness from the fennel honey and aoili and in my book you have a very delicious sandwich.
Picnic Chicken Sandwich
The last entree we tried was the P.B.L.T. This does not stand for Pumpkin, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich. It does not stand for Pasta, Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich.
It stands for Pork Belly, Lettuce Tomato Sandwich. Let that sink in. A new way to do an American sandwich. Add a side of fries and this should be the new American classic.
Soft (but not fatty soft) pork belly, crisp lettuce, ripe tomato and cheddar cheese on lightly toasted texas toast. I can’t say much else other than delicious, really good, and yummy.
GO to Magnolia Pub & Brewery. TRY some beer. EAT your heart out.