Of all the Near Southside’s attractions, Magnolia Avenue’s eclectic selection of locally-owned restaurants ranks at the top for many visitors. And the selection grows more diverse every year as the street’s reputation and appeal attracts new restauranteurs.
Funky sophistication and delicious food dominate Magnolia between Hemphill and 8th Ave. You won’t find a better collection of talented chefs than those at Lili’s Bistro, Shinjuku Station, Nonna Tata, Ellerbe Fine Foods and Cat City Grill. The best vegetarian restaurant in the country happens to be in Cowtown, too; it’s right here on Magnolia at Spiral Diner. Yucatan Taco Stand attracts huge crowds with their signature margaritas and plates of Latin American favorites. Magnolia’s western end offers great sushi from newcomer Temaki Sushi and Egyptian specials from King Tut. Comfort food is always easy to find, with Italian favorites at Mamma Mia, a burger at Shaw’s Burgers & Shakes, or home cooking at the Paris Coffee Shop. For authentic Mexican, visit Magnolia’s legendary Benito’s and La Media Naranja.
Coming soon, Magnolia will also have Mijos Fusion at Magnolia and Henderson, a new deli/grocery in the Modern Drug Village at Lipscomb, a new food truck part at 7th Ave., and much more.