Historic Magnolia Grill magical place to dine

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Deep within the green heart of Brooks Street in downtown Fort Walton Beach lies a fairy tale restaurant that glitters at night with twinkly lights. Its walls are adorned with the history of our small town, and the walls themselves are part of that history, having lived here for many, many years.

The restaurant is Tom and Peggy Rice’s Magnolia Grill, purveyor of fine food, intriguing memorabilia, and a nighttime atmosphere that seems lifted from a magical place. For all of those qualities you will find no better combination.

At Magnolia Grill, dinner is an event.

The food
Magnolia Grill offers a diversified menu of appetizers, Italian dishes, steaks, seafood, dishes for the wee ones and a dessert cart that will tempt your palate, assuming you have room left after the main course.

The appetizer lineup leans toward seafood with various oyster, shrimp, crab, calamari and gumbo dishes, but for the landlocked there are stuffed jalapenos and cheese sticks.

Whimsically titled “Tom still remembers how to cook Italian,” the Italian chapter of the menu presents three versions of parmagiana – veal, chicken or eggplant. Those dishes, along with Italian sausage and peppers in marinara sauce, come with a side of spaghetti, which can be substituted with fettuccine with Alfredo sauce. The Italian portion wraps with fettuccine dishes featuring grilled or blackened chicken, veal marsala, chicken piccata, chicken livers perri and filet tips florentina, the latter two served with spaghetti and marinara sauce sides.

The turf portion of the menu offers prime rib, filet mignon, ribeye, and a steak called the King Cut. Steaks are served with a variety of sides, from potatoes to fettuccini Alfredo. Have your steaks prepared rare, medium rare, medium, medium well or well done. Add a surf component of shrimp or oysters for an additional $7.

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