Humans enjoy sprucing up classics with contemporary twists, as evidenced by refrigerators with icemakers and Mona Lisas with animatronic eyeballs. Help bring flavors into the 21st century with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of elevated comfort fare at Magnolia on James M. Wood Boulevard.
Magnolia caters to its neighborhood patrons, filling tables and mouths alike with a menu of gussied-up culinary classics. Chefs layer a half-pound patty of grass-fed beef from Estancia Farms atop a brioche bun with oven-roasted tomato and butter lettuce to concoct the monstrous Magnolia burger ($13). The organic, free-range chicken of the jidori chicken ($23) dons a perfume of fragrant herbs and mingles with its entourage of whipped Yukon Gold potatoes and oven-roasted brussels sprouts, allowing homemade butternut-squash ravioli the freedom to recline in a savory pool of brown butter and sage ($16). In contrast, palate-priming orders of baked macaroni and cheese ($10) elicit childhood memories of the days before rampant macaroni-art production caused a shortage of elbow pasta.
Magnolia's dining room plays host to meals of all occasions and sizes. The interior's dark wood tones and elegant lighting fixtures accentuate one another, making patrons feel as welcome as a juggler in a bowling alley.
Downtown Los Angeles
825 W James M. Wood Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90015