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Magnolia Motor Lounge makes a fast start

Posted 5:33pm on Friday, Oct. 01, 2010

The opening of Magnolia Motor Lounge has been one of the more anticipated events in west Fort Worth in recent memory. I've seen people cruising by to see if and when the classic-car themed bar and restaurant would open its doors.

In fact, I've stalked it a little myself.

Well, foodies and culture vultures, the wait is over. We finally get a chance to look under the hood and see how much horsepower Magnolia has.

The official opening was Thursday night. A couple of our friendly insiders checked it out for an early lunch Friday. And so far, they likey. They were already talking about going back for happy hour.

Here are their impressions; let us hear what you think:

Vibe: Great potential for a future happy hour stop; liked the sunshade adorned by hubcaps. Cute retro auto-shop decor inside.

Food: Great selection of the fried and fattening, if you like chicken-fried bacon (which was better than the State Fair's) and salads.

One of our buds had the Magnolia Salad without chicken, and said it was tasty and filling, even without meat. Our other friend had a bunless burger (that darn gluten-free diet). This style truly reveals the quality of the beef patty, and it was GOOD. She also said the coleslaw was crunchy and fresh.

Service: Friendly and smart ... the waitress knew about the gluten thang and didn't make us feel awkward.

The atmosphere: The patio overlooking Morton Street was perfect in the lovely fall weather. The benches are so new they still smelled like freshly hewn lumber, which goes pretty well with the ongoing construction next door at the Capital Bar, where things are getting bigger.

Word is that happy hour on Day 1 was packed. We'll be back again to try it for ourselves.

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