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Magnolia’s favorite restaurants..do you agree?

January 29th, 2009 · 14 Comments

We want to remind you to check the Magnolia Voice Restaurant Section.  We have information on all restaurants in the neighborhood and you rate them based on your experience.  Each computer is only allowed one vote to keep the system fair.  While the rating system is certainly not scientific, we think it is a pretty good indicator of how people feel about our local eateries. 

We started the restaurant ratings in September and after five months there are some clear favorites.  Here are the current top five restaurants (in order) as chosen by Magnolia Voice readers:

Number one Red Mill has been a consistent favorite from the start with comments like this one from C.J.: 

“There isn’t a better burger joint between here and Chicago (unless you count their Phinney location). The shakes are thick, the onion rings are crisp and tangy, and the burgers are worth risking arterial sclerosis.”

Ichiro also feels the love from readers, with this recent comment from Valentijn:

“I’ve always liked this place, but it’s gotten even better lately. Very fresh sushi, lighter tempura batter, more flavorful gyoza sauce…… And the staff are friendly, attentive, and fast!”

There is a lot of loyalty to Nikos too, this from DB:

“The best little dinner in the Village! Food always hot and fresh. Not a lot of fanfare but consistently good. Thank you Nikos”

 High praise for Mulleady’s from Lesley:

“We love this neighborhood restaurant and bar! The food is consistently good and it has that wonderful neighborhood feel.”

And a restaurant that is new to Magnolia cracked the top five already.  The Fightin’ Cock Roaster just opened in November and is getting rave reviews like this one from Cathy:

“Fantastic food. My husband and I had the Mauler, and can hardly wait to go back to try all the rest of the menu. Friendly staff were fun too.”

 What do you think?  Agree or disagree?  Let us know in comments below.

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  • Magpie

    I vote for the Fightin’ Cock! They had me at the name but the food is really good too.

  • dogman

    doesn’t a red mill burger sound good right now!!! they are so awesome!!

  • Sonny

    Szmanias & Mondellos get my vote. Rudy’s Place is the worst!

  • hotgritz

    Place has really pulled itself together since November looking to eat there a lot and take advantage of the new patio. Quick, fresh,tasty and best of all, out the door for under 10 bucks with change.

  • magnoliasbest

    It is really unfortunate that the food at the Village Pub is so awful. Greasy, low-quality, nothing interesting. I was told that the new mgmt would bring better food, but it hasn’t happened. For a sports bar with such potential, a great menu with great food could increase patronage by 100%. Just watch “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” on FoodNetwork. It’s really too bad Village Pub has not become one of those. :(

    Please make Village Pub better – you only have upside!

  • bmvaughn

    I’d have to agree with magnoliasbest about the Village Pub. It used to be great when it was on 32nd back in the 1990s when a woman named JoAnn owned it. Since then, it’s gone wayyy downhill.

    What, no votes for the Gim?

  • B

    Gim for drinks, that’s about it. Szmanias? I dont get it, why am I not seeing the light?

  • Dave B

    What about Maggie Bluffs,
    and the always good Chinooks? But for a quick bite I would say that Nikos
    Gyros is always good and Red Mill are two great choices. Just about a month ago I went the Mulleady’s and was impressed pretty fancy place being built from scratch. That is rare these days!! Best overall for a out of town-er visiting is Chinooks! Thanks for making me hungry Now!!!!

  • hotgritz

    oops, I almost forgot, I was referring to FCR!
    Fightin’ Cock Roaster:)

  • Magnolites

    What about Palisades? How could that be overlooked?

  • marcia

    We had a Cuban themed dinner party and they catered; fabulous, timely, reasonably priced food with inscrutable flavors! VERY successful meal!

  • http://www.blowmeuptom.com Tom Leykis

    Magnolites // Jan 30, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    What about Palisades? How could that be overlooked?
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    It’s “Palisade,” and it’s expensive but it’s not that great.

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