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Magnolia Cafe in Austin, TX
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Magnolia Cafe

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1920 S Congress Ave  AustinTX  78704

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Magnolia Cafe: A True Austin Original (1989)

Magnolia Cafe in Austin, TX 
The Nom Dudes visit an Austin staple Magnolia Cafe. Magnolia Cafe is one of the last original diner cafes in Austin, Texas opening its doors back in 1989.  [...]

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    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    This place was AWFUL!!! We were expecting a wait, but it was soooo not worth the wait! We came for breakfast and waited 45 minutes to be seated then another 30 minutes for our food. I ordered a "fritatta," but what I got didn't even vaguely resemble a fritatta. Apparently their definition of a fritatta is a small, bland, folded omelet. NOT a fluffy baked egg dish like I was expecting. My husband got some breakfast tacos, which were also extremely bland. On top of that, the service was horrible. The waitress dropped off the food and took off, never coming back to check on us after that. I wanted hot sauce, and my husband got a pancake but was never given syrup. By the time we got the attention of the waitress and got the hot sauce and syrup, the pancake and "fritatta" were both cold. I really don't see what people love about this place. Other than the hip decor and funky ambiance, this place really has nothing going for it in my opinion. I left feeling completely disappointed and unsatisfied and wished I hadn't paid for the food as it wasn't worth paying for. Don't bother coming here!
  2. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    First timer here, we found it off this list since we are new to Austin. We enjoy good food and that is what we got :). I had the texas eggs benedict and my husband had alfredo pasta with artichokes. Friendly waitress and made to feel very welcome. We will be going be going back again.
  3. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    BACON JAM was amazing!!!!!!! I will go back everytime im in Austin.
  4. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Good breakfast, haven't had anything but the tacos or pancakes. While very tasty, I consider myself a regular of Kerby Lane.
  5. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    It was good, but worth going out of the way for.  It was similar to The Original Pancake House, but not as good. 
  6. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    My thoughts exactly. I guess you have to be from Austin to understand the vibe here. I think it's good food, great enviroment and awesome people!
  7. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Magnolia is pretty much an Austin institution, and I ate there a number of times.  In the end, I became more of a Kerbey Lane person, but Magnolia has it's highlights.  The key is knowing what's good and what items to avoid.  Rice is usually dry and the eggs are sometimes runny.  But the burgers are good, I really liked their squash dish, and you can't go wrong with the gingerbread pancakes.
  8. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Sw the show had to go. No disappointments. I'm visiting from LA, the Magnolia was one of the highlights of the trip. I'm going back before I go home. 
  9. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Lousy food. Servers are rude and restaurant is always dirty. (both locations!) If you are drunk and it's the middle of the night you might enjoy it.
  10. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    This place has off the chain breakfast. Old fashion cafe enviroment. Big portions and outstanding prices. Their european brewed coffee makes my wife happy. We have been going here for the last 4 months. When we visit our relatives in san antonio we make sure to stop here. Its best to show up early but its worth the wait.
  11. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Went for several years.  Food was lousey, sloppy presentation, and worse noise level of any restaurant in town.  Too loud.  Tried it again today. Ordered iced tea, toasted whole wheat on my club with a side of thousand island dressing, ordered cheese quesadilla for my one year old little girl with a side of fruit.  Bread was  limp on sandwich, no side of thousand island, limp lettuce, little tomato but worst of all was the tortilla on the quesadilla was like folded cardboard, tea was weak, weak, weak.  Did not complain because it was so crowded, noisy and disorganized.  Different people sat me, took  my drink order, took my food order, brought my food and then I never saw the server again.  Too much trouble for too little quality. 
  12. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Been eating at Magnolia Cafe for Years!  Great food.  It's a Popular place so expect a wait, but well worth it!  The people that are commenting on the service aren't locals.  Magnolia Cafe is pure Austin Vibe.  Keep Austin Weird! ;)
  13. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Been eating at Magnolia Cafe for Years!  Great food.  It's a Popular place so expect a wait, but well worth it!  The people that are commenting on the service aren't locals.  Magnolia Cafe is pure Austin Vibe.  Keep Austin Weird! ;)
  14. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Been eating at Magnolia Cafe for Years!  Great food.  It's a Popular place so expect a wait, but well worth it!  The people that are commenting on the service aren't locals.  Magnolia Cafe is pure Austin Vibe.  Keep Austin Weird! ;)
  15. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    I'm from Austin and I was really surprised to see Magnolia on here. I haven't been here in about five years because, while extremely popular, their food always made me sick. Also, their enchiladas are generally to be avoided.  Kerbey Lane has several locations and is much better, I think, all around for a similar type of menu and vibe. 
  16. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Gingerbread pancakes were great! Blackened Shrimp Quesadilla was out of this world...still craving it days later!
  17. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    we went on suggestions from locals, later to find out it was on DDD, we had omlets, which we had to send back to be heated up, as the eggs were cooked and then the filler was placed in cold (including the cheese) and flipped on the plate to be serve, the wait staff was extremely out going, when asked if she cold warm our food for us, she told us that is an on going problem and mgmt did not want to change anything.. the black peas were the best part of the meal... from there we went to 6th and Lamar St (WHOLE FOODS) wish I would have eaten there.
  18. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    My wfe and I tried Magnolia's per DDD's suggestion. We were surprised to have a moderate wait time at 1:30pm, but it was well worth the wait. My wife ordered the Tony Burger, and I ordered the Senora enchilladas, both were great. You also need to try the queso (the one with black beans and avacado) and chips & salsa. We had a great time, and the next time we stop in Austin, we will be eating at Magnolias!
  19. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    We have been to Austin many times because we love to go to Longhorn games, and one tradition is going to The Magnolia. We love the pancakes, fruit cups, and eggs. My personal favorite is the chocolate chip pancake.
  20. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Great and very interesting food but the service was the worst I've ever seen
  21. anonymous
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    Have a gingerbread pancake, you won't be disappointed!

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