2201 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL | Directions 3520333.517579 -86.803917
Neighborhoods: Central City
Loved it! – I moved downtown recently and have been looking forward to eating at the Magic City grill ever since I smelled someone's take-out being carried past me. This place did NOT disappoint! First, everything on the buffet was mouth watering. Second, service was great and everyone was friendly...everyone eating there and working there! Last, contrary to a few of the other reviews, there were people of all shapes, sizes, and color. The only thing I saw anyone staring at was their plate, as they gobbled down the best fried chicken I've ever had. (And they were packed on a Sunday after church, but the line moved fast.)
If you were raised in the South, "this is how yo mamma used to cook!" So goooooood! (You'll need a nap when you get home.)
Oh, and I forgot to mention, this was my and my dad's birthday... looks like we have a new tradition!
Great food, great people! – I'm a white guy, I've eaten here, and I was treated with nothing but friendliness, courtesy, and respect. The food? Over the top good!!!
Real food, real people – In my opinion this is authentic southern food. Nothing fancy about the food, the setting or the people - it's all real. Slow down, relax, be friendly and soak it all in.
Totally disagree about any race related issues I felt perfectly at home. We may have differences but I wish people would think of each other as a part of one race...the human race.
Wonderful food very friendly employees – This was my first visit here and the employees could not have been nicer. My husband and I are both white and we felt very welcomed, therefore I disagree with the previous post. The food was wonderful. I had the liver and onions and it was very tender and moist. The collard greens were farm fresh and not from a can. The dressing, lima beans and sweet potatoes were all delicious. My husband had the fried chicken and said it was the best he had ever had, not greasy at all. I would recomend you to try this place for lunch.
Good coffee, but apparantly a segregated dining establishment. – I agree with the previous post, they have good coffee, but apparently it's not meant for white folks to dine there. I also look like a respectable, well-off, down to earth citizen, but you would think that I had a c0ck growing out of my forehead with some of the looks that I received whilst patronizing this fine establishment. Good times!
Great coffee, but staff and patrons don't like white people... – I'm in town on business and since Magic City Grille had such a great rating I thought I'd stop by for a cup of coffee and maybe breakfast. Unfortunately, I was not aware that it is apparently for black people only. I sat for awhile waiting to be served and when the waitress finally showed up she rudely asked if I wanted anything. I ordered coffee and she just walked away. While I sat for five minutes waiting for coffee, $1.40 with free refills, I was stared at by a black couple a few booths over, who were even my age. The woman actually turned completely around to look at me, like it was a segregated restaurant and I was of the wrong color and the even guy looked like a friend of mine from back home. The waitress finally brought my coffee, which I drank, while being stared at. I've never felt so out of place in my own country. The people that own Magic City Grille, as well as the patrons, should be ashamed of themselves for acting that way. I'm a mid-thirties white guy. I don't look like a skinhead. I dress like a college professor/substitute high school teacher. What is wrong with people these days? Is that the Change everyone voted for?
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